Hawaii: Poke Bowl
To properly pronounce “Poke” you have to rhyme it with okay, but make no mistake: this dish ranks much higher than just okay. And with the Hawaii islands as the backdrop, we’d argue as way better than okay.
Commonly referred to as “king of the island foods,” Poke is a traditional Hawaiian cuisine, typically treated as an appetizer and prepared with raw tuna that is marinated to perfection. Poke means "cut piece" or "small piece," and originated with fisherman seasoning the cut-offs from their catch for a snack. Poke can be made from aku tuna (an oily fish), or he’e (octopus), but the increasing popularity of the dish stems from the yellowfin tuna adaption. Typically mixed with seaweed, sea salt, wasabi, some sesame oil and seeds for a little crunch, this dish certainly takes you on a culinary journey.