Find out how to make an original poké bowl. Follow these 4 easy steps and enjoy the taste of Hawaii with our baby leaf salads.
In almost all Italian shopping centres and cities you can now find poké shops and restaurants where you can enjoy fresh and healthy dishes made to order.
It only recently arrived in Italy, but poké bowls started trending in the late 70s in the United States originating from Asia, but it’s not a typical Japanese recipe, as many believe.
It is actually a Hawaiian dish and has spread throughout the world from these small islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Let’s find out what the original poké recipe is and how you can make a modern, yet faithful, baby spinach version.
Baby leaf salads: the basic ingredient of the poké bowl
Poké is so appreciated because it is a practical, balanced dish, quick to prepare and perfect for a tasty and healthy lunch.
In every bowl there are always carbohydrates, vitamins and proteins, but these three ingredients can be combined according to individual tastes.
The source of carbohydrates is rice, the oriental ingredient par excellence, while proteins are
provided by raw fish, pulses and more rarely meat. Vitamins are contained in the vegetables and fruit which you can freely indulge in.
Although poké bowls were originally prepared with seaweed, today the most used commonly used vegetables are baby leaf salads, which adapt to the size of the bowl in which the poké is served and go well with all the other ingredients, making the dish fresh and healthy: ideal for the summer months.
The original poké bowl recipes
Poké in Hawaiian means “cut into pieces” and is a dish created by fishermen on boats returning from fishing who cut salmon or tuna into cubes and savoured it raw accompanied by algae, kukui nuts and sea salt.
Over time this recipe has been modified, adding ingredients that have made it tastier and more colourful, especially when it came into contact with Japanese culture which enriched it with rice, spices and sauces, especially soy sauce.
For those who want to taste the original recipe, however, it is possible to replace the algae with baby spinach and prepare a poké bowl imagining that you are on a Hawaiian beach surrounded only by palm trees and crystal clear sea. Here’s how:
Poké bowl with baby spinach, rice and marinated tuna
- Soy sauce, sesame, green onion and chilli pepper
- Baby spinach
- Boil the rice with a little salt, drain and leave to cool in a bowl.
- Dice the tuna and marinate for at least an hour with the green onion, chilli pepper, soy sauce and sesame.
- Add the vegetables, baby spinach and chopped fruit to the rice.
- Add the marinated tuna.
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