What is poke? - A Hawaii Favorite

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You might be wondering what "poke" is, or maybe even how to pronounce it. Different from a Facebook "poke," poke is pronounced "POH-kay" or like "okay" with a "p" in front. In the Hawaiian language, poke means to "cut into short pieces" and traditionally, poke was made from sliced ahi tuna or skipjack "aku" tuna, sea salt, seaweed or "limu," and kukui nut or "inamona."

While this traditional style of poke is still very popular and widely available across Hawaii, poke has evolved to include tasty ingredients such as avocado, cucumber, onions, tomatoes, soy sauce or "shoyu," wasabi, oyster sauce, chili pepper, spicy mayonnaise, kimchi and more. There are also different seafood varieties like octopus or "tako," oyster, mussel, clam, top shell, salmon and even vegetarian versions featuring tofu and edamame.

There are many places to get poke in Hawaii, from restaurants specializing in Hawaiian food, to local bars, mom and pop stores, and even your local supermarkets. Our favorite poke is from Foodland Hawaii, which has been voted Hawaii's Best Grocery Store and Hawaii's Best Poke for the last 2 years by the readers of Honolulu Star Advertiser. Be sure to check out Foodland's amazing selection of great tasting poke and don't be hesitant to ask for samples before you buy!

We hope you enjoy this local favorite and be sure to share your favorite poke variety in the comments below!

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