Poké Bowls (Not Balls)

While the big rage right now is playing Pokémon GO, so is Poké. In particular, Poké Bowls. I said bowls, not balls (for those who don’t play the game, players throw balls at Pokémon to catch them). 😉

Poké is a dish that is Hawaiian with influences of the Japanese. It is marinated raw fish that is usually served as an appetizer or snack but the place I went to served it as a meal, hence Poké Bowl. 🙂

This bowl was their standard “go-to” bowl for people who are indecisive (like me) about which ingredients to add. Starting with the base, it came with brown rice which was seasoned with furikake, a Japanese condiment used to flavour rice. Furikake contains ingredients like sesame seeds, seaweed flakes, salt and spices but recipes vary depending on the type. The Poké Bowl also contained green cabbage, green onions, freshly ripe mango chunks, arugula, corn, fish roe, a type of salsa-like mixture of tomatoes, cilantro, red onions, seaweed salad, and of course raw salmon which they marinated in soy sauce, green onions and sesame seeds. I added the spicy mayo dressing on top, which gave it a slight kick. They did have a bunch of other options, including a wasabi cucumber dressing, but I thought I’d start off with something I loved.

Overall, it was like eating a deconstructed sushi roll (minus the noori). It was very good and it seemed pretty healthy. There was a jumble of delicious flavours, from the sweetness of the salmon, to the saltiness of the seasonings, the bitterness of the arugula and tanginess of the tomato mix. In fact, it was so good I didn’t regret giving up the sushi burrito option at all. There was even an option to the replace the rice with leafy greens to make it a salad bowl and make it more healthy. It’s definitely worth it to give it a try, especially if you love sushi. There are so many ingredients in it, it can’t disappoint.

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