I’m a quite stupid person. In general. That’s why I didn’t know something wonderful like poke existed. No, I don’t mean those little digital monsters hidden in the grass and only visible to you through your expensive smartphone, I’m talking about Hawaiian raw fish salad. They call it poke, it’s meant as an appetizer, and it looks absolutely delicious, you guys.
Poke is the Hawaiian verb for “section” or “to slice or cut”, and it began with fishermen seasoning the cut-offs from their catch to serve as a snack. Traditional poke seasonings have been heavily influenced by Japanese and other Asian cuisines. These include soy sauce, green onions, and sesame oil. Others include furikake, chopped dried or fresh chili pepper, limu, sea salt, inamona, fish eggs, wasabi, and Maui onions. Other variations may include cured octopus, other types of raw tuna, raw salmon and various kinds of shellfish.
The traditional Hawaiian poke consists of fish that has been gutted, skinned, and deboned. It is sliced across the backbone as fillet, then served with traditional condiments such as sea salt, candlenut, seaweed, and limu. According to the food historian Rachel Laudan, the present form of poke became popular around the 1970s. It used skinned, deboned, and filleted raw fish served with wasabi and soy sauce. This form of poke is still common in the Hawaiian islands. And I want it right now!
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