Poké, no not that gaming phenomena currently sweeping the world in which you capture cutesy hybrid monsters in monetized virtual balls to enslave them sweat shop style for virtual gym ownership. But Poké; the outstanding hybrid dish that is sweeping the world as the latest fast food trend.
In New York we have such an amazing diversity of cultural food. A sprinkle of this and that from almost every nation is represented here but Poké (Pronounced Poe-Kay) is a hybrid of Japanese Chirashizushi dishes and Hawaiian fresh seafood dishes. The Poké bowl is truly a hybrid of Japanese sushi culture incorporating fresh fish; often Big Eye Tuna (Called Ahi in Hawaii) and/or Salmon marinated in a lite soy/ponzu sauce. The rest follows with a combo of white/brown rice, seaweed, and fresh veggies topped with flavorful condiments including sesame seed, Japanese mayo, wasabi/spicy mayo etc.
While cruising the city; almost as if overnight more and more Poké restaurants have been opening up lately. Some using the standard “Chipotle formula” (which totally works for this cuisine) have begun the assault on the senses of New Yorkers craving that quick lunch and/or dinner. For my first foray into NYC Poké I chose Wisefish. [Read more…]