poke is the bowl food to watch for in 2016. A traditional Hawaiian seafood preparation — take bite-size pieces of raw fish like ahi tuna, salmon, or octopus, marinade it in soy sauce and in essence you have poke (pronounced POH-keh) — poke was (and continues to be) a major trend in the Los Angeles dining scene last year.
When I came across this crispy pan fried ddeokbokki (spicy rice cake) recipe, I was immediately sold. I was so attracted to the color of this dish (like a moth to light), I knew I had to make it. To be honest, I wasn’t too hopeful on the taste. Normally, the ddeokbokki I know is served in a pool of spicy sweet chilli sauce and even though the sauce is slurpingly-good, the rice cake usually left me with little to desire.
In Hawaii, poke, a salad of marinated uncooked tuna, can be found in pretty much every situation where food is present. I’ve seen it on fancy hotel buffets next to the seafood bar, in the deli section of grocery stores, and on the table by the tub at family potlucks and birthday parties. Here's the thing: Poke is pretty simple to make. All the work for this recipe happens when you’re grocery shopping because the ingredients are what really matter.