Hawaiian Poke Bowls and Poi: Our Experiences
Our takeaways from preparing and cooking food common in Hawaiian kitchens around the world
Sage: I really enjoyed making Poke Bowls and Poi, especially because I haven’t tried many traditional Hawaiian dishes. I love fish–ahi tuna is one of my favorites–so I was super excited to make Poke. We went to a few different grocery stores to find all of the necessary ingredients and ended up going on a little bit of a mad dash for some sushi-grade ahi tuna. Well, in the end we were a little worried about the tuna not being safe enough to eat so we decided to sear it for a few minutes to make sure that it was safe. Nevertheless, the Poke was still very good (even if it was slightly unconventional). Additionally, I was pleasantly surprised by the Poi. I wasn’t so sure if I would like it, but I actually thought that it tasted pretty good. The texture was unique, but it tasted rich and almost creamy. I enjoyed learning more about Hawaiian culture by trying some traditional foods.
Betsy: I have tried Poke Bowls in the past and I absolutely loved them. Making Poke Bowls and Poi was much easier than I expected. If you couldn’t tell by now, I am not the biggest chef and I find cooking to be a lot of work. However, through all of these experiences and especially this one, where I assumed it would be a lot of work, I’ve come to realize that cooking your own food is not as difficult as it may seem, you can save money, and it can be a lot of fun.