Like a game of Chinese whispers (aka telephone), the farther the reach of Hawaiian poke into restaurants and home kitchens across the US and the world, the further the dish deviates from its origins.
And that’s okay. Actually, it’s great!
Poke (‘poh-kay’), like so many other traditional dishes, has its origins in – “Let’s see what we have laying around here and throw it together in a bowl.”
Poke may have started with raw seafood cut into cubes and mixed with seaweed, roasted kukui (candlenut), and Hawaiian sea salt, but it has evolved now into countless variations as its popularity has exploded. It’s one of those dishes that you can play with in your kitchen to find your favorite (and maybe easiest) way to enjoy it. It simply makes cooking fun!