What exactly are Poke Bowls?
Simply put, poke is a cold salad made up of raw fish such as yellowtail tuna or salmon. The fresh fish is typically marinated in soy sauce and sesame oil and tossed with sesame seeds, green onions and seaweed. Poke Bowls are, therefore, served on a bed of hot/warm sushi rice, and topped with healthy toppings such as avocado, fish eggs and furikake (a mix of dried fish, sesame seeds and dried seaweed). Wasabi is served on the side to enhance the taste of the poke.
Appearance is an essential aspect of Poke Bowls too. Generally known to be colourful, the pleasing looks of these Poke Bowls contribute to the hype of these new and delicious alternatives.
The hype on Poke Bowls is real with both working professionals and students alike. Professionals looking for a healthy alternative applauded the efforts by Poke Bowls sellers with their natural and fresh ingredients. It helps them to stay healthy and fit while filling their stomachs with a satisfying lunch. Students love anything new, so Poke Bowls seems to fit the bill. These colourful and fresh Poke Bowls have been making their rounds on social media as the chosen “food of the day”.
The question is, are they worth the hype?
The short answer is yes, they are worth the hype because they are healthy alternatives, but a more in-depth exploration of specific factors is in need.
Poke Bowls’ ingredients MUST be fresh
Over at Aloha Poke, you get fresh raw fish as they are delivered daily. Choose the size of your portion, which ranges from a “Lil Swell” (75g Poke, $11.90) to a ‘Big Kahuna’ (225g Poke, $19.90). Then choose your fresh Poke – yellowtail tuna or salmon. After that, choose your base and complimentary add-ons! If you feel that all these are too much work, then let the chefs help you out with their standard Poke bowls!
This is by far, the freshest Poke Bowls that we have come across, so if you want to experience the freshness of Aloha Poke, you just need to head down to the address below!
Location: 92 Amoy Street, Singapore 069911
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 11pm
Poke Bowls’ ingredients MUST have a wide variety
Sometimes, we just want to have many choices to choose from when we hunt for Poke Bowls during lunch. If you are looking for a wide variety, head over to Rollie Ollie! The variety at Rollie Ollie is mouth-watering, with three bases and seven pokes to choose from!
Such variety may be hard to come by, so check them out at the below locations.
1) 3 Temasak Boulevard, Suntec City North Wing, Pasar Belle #01-K42 Singapore 038983
Opening hours: Everyday 10am to 10pm
2) 1 Vista Exchange Green. #02-05, The Star Vista, Singapore 138617
Opening hours: Mon to Sat 11.30am to 10pm
Poke Bowls SHOULD offer value for your money
There are muted complains about how expensive some Poke Bowls may be. If you are one of those who feel that Poke Bowls can be cheaper, here’s a Poke Bowl store that you need to check out. A Poke Theory believes in serving Poke Bowls that are value for money, so all their bowls are decked out with generous poke and toppings. Their prices range from $11.50 to $16.50. With the generous amount of poke that they are serving, this is indeed our most “value for money” Poke Bowls.
Location: 27 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069623
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11am to 6pm, Sat 10am to 4pm
If you have yet to try any Poke Bowls in Singapore, search out the three stores mentioned above and you will be returning for more soon enough!