Fresh and vibrant marinated Salmon and Tuna Poke Bowl with Japanese inspired flavour and toppings.
Poke bowl has been a really big hype nowadays. Not only in the US, it’s also very popular in Australia right now. Remember the hype about avocado toast? That is now over and taken over by poke bowl. The humble bowl of sashimi on rice (Hawaiian way) is dominating our food scene and I can see quite a few shops specialising in poke bowl are opening up around the city right now. If you want to see a list of them you can find them in Zomato.
I love sushi and sashimi so much so you can imagine poke bowl is like my go-to lunch when I want something light, fast and healthy. I also love the other toppings that go really well with the fish. I have been thinking to make it home myself because it sounds fairly simple and some of the poke shops in Melbourne (especially the one just near my office) actually just provide sashimi and toppings on rice, with sauce. So it’s not a proper poke bowl where you normally get sashimi that’s marinated beforehand. It’s more like sashimi on rice with sauce on top. Which is still great, I still love it but I still prefer the marinated sashimi on rice. It’s okay when it’s not authentically Hawaiian but it will still be delicious.
The only reason why it got me so long until I made my first bowl, was the challenge in finding the fresh fish. I’ve been looking through big grocery stores and markets but I wasn’t happy with the quality of the fish. They didn’t look quite fresh and didn’t have the sign ‘ sashimi grade’ so I was scared that my family would get food poisoning because I used fish that’s not fresh and supposed to be cooked first but I used it as sashimi for my poke bowl.
Not until I ventured around Prahran market that’s not too far from my home that I found sashimi grade fish. I was so happy to be able to finally find it and I bought a mixture of tuna and salmon fillets to make salmon and tuna poke bowl. I thought both fish would have different textures and would be great to make the colour of my bowl pops. I got home and started to make this straightaway.