PS: its pronounced “POH-keh”
If there’s one thing the foodies of Jeddah love, it’s the trendy build-a-bowl restaurants that seem to be popping up everywhere. From the likes of the incredibly popular Fire Grill to the newly-opened Tortilla in Red Sea Mall or even Wagamama, it seems we just can’t seem to get enough of these quick, convenient, and definitely Instagram-worthy dining experiences!
The latest one of these build-your-own-bowl restaurants, Poké Bowl, is perhaps the most unique one yet! It has brought a wildly popular Hawaiian specialty to the shores of the Red Sea. What began as a local street food in the Aloha state quickly became the newest food trend in many major US cities. Now that it has made its way to our side of the world, it’s time to figure out exactly what makes poké a global food phenomenon.
Simply put, poké is a bit like sushi in a bowl so if seafood isn’t your thing, you might have to sit this one out. The basic anatomy of a poké bowl is as follows; a base (usually rice, but many restaurants now offer creative alternatives such as zucchini noodles or “Zoodles”), protein (usually tuna, but it can be anything from shrimp to tofu), a range of vegetable toppings, and delicious sauces!
A poké bowl can be almost anything you want it to be, the wide range of toppings, sides, sauces and mix-ins offer a variety of combinations to suit different tastes. Above all, it’s a fun and easy way to incorporate the elements of a healthy diet that are often neglected as a result of a hectic lifestyle. Garlic, avocado, radish, ginger, beetroot, zucchini, tuna and salmon are all great nutritious gems to supercharge your diet.
Perfect on its own or as a quick snack between meetings, the poké bowl is a must-try for all the foodies, seafood-lovers, and health freaks in Jeddah! After all who wouldn’t want a quick, fun, low-fat, nutritious, and extremely delicious meal? You won’t regret it!
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