Step aside, sashimi. Poke (pronounced poh-kay) has recently infiltrated into the Singapore dining scene with the opening of this very first poke bar in Amoy Street.
PO-KE? Originating from the islands of Hawaii, this dish traditionally comprises raw fish marinated in soy and sesame sauce, tossed with sesame seeds, sweet onions and scallions.
The most common type of fish used is tuna but other types of fish like salmon can be used too.
You know there is something more about Poke than just a “raw fish salad” when it is currently the trending food in the United States.
Established by two couples who have vacationed in Hawaii, Aloha Poke targets the crowd in the CBD area during lunch hours.
The staff greets with a very warm “Aloha!” as office workers step into the restaurant, ready to order on a sheet of paper.
There are three standard sizes of Poke bowls – the Lil’ Swell ($11.90) that comes with 1 scoop of 75g Poke, Standard Nalu ($15.90) with 2 scoops of 150g Poke and Big Kahuna ($19.90) with 3 scoops of 225g Poke.
As for the poke, you can pick either Raw Ahi Tuna or Raw Salmon in three different flavours – original, wasabi mayo or spicy. A three scoops order will allow you to pick up to 3 flavours of poke.
Complete your poke bowl with a base of either white rice, brown rice, a mix of both, or salad only, followed by two complimentary add-ons and one complimentary superfood. Expect ingredients like flying fish roe, quail eggs and edamame.
Compared to sashimi, Poke can be deemed to be more flavourful as it is well-marinated with sauces. Each bite is a burst of varying flavours and textures, depending on your choice of mix-ins.
If you cannot handle spicy food well, it is advisable to opt for the original poke, which is marinated with sesame oil. The fish is salty after all the marinade but the greens and Japanese rice helped to balance it out.
By night, the casual Poke bar is transformed into the Tiki Bar serving dishes such as poke tacos and signature cocktails from a separate dinner menu.
It is a pity that Poke is receiving less attention than the “prettier” bingsu, milkshakes and waffles. This refreshing, filling yet healthy dish is worth indulging in.
92 Amoy Street, Singapore 069911 (Telok Ayer MRT)
Tel: +65 6221 6165
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11pm (Mon-Sat, Closed Sun)
Written by Crystal Wee, catch her food pics at @Crystal_Wee on instagram and snapchat.