Poke (as in hokey, not in the eye)

10 Jan

I’m cheating a bit by writing about poke (rhymes with Jackée) since it’s by no means a New Thing to me, but I thought it might be new to most of you. Plus, I need something to blog about today if I’m going to keep with the Post-A-Day Challenge. Poke is a familiar presence at potlucks and parties in Hawaii, an Aloha State equivalent of the Midwest’s seven-layer salad. Classic poke combines chunks of raw ‘ahi (big-eye tuna, not the overfished bluefin) with sea salt, dried red chili, green onions, limu (a crunchy seaweed), and a drizzle of sesame oil. Variations abound; you can get poke with crab, octopus, or even tofu; flavored with shoyu; or even a Korean version with kim chee. Unfortunately, it’s a little harder to get on the mainland, but here’s a limu-less version that you can try at home.

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