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Go Pokes! Poke Bowls are the Latest Food Trend
11/30/2018 12:09:34 PM
Poke Bowls

There’s always something new on the horizon when it comes to food. Poke bowls are one of healthiest new food trends out there, which is great news for those of us looking for something that tastes delicious and is good for us, too!

The word poke means "to slice or cut” in Hawaiian and refers to chunks of raw, marinated fish — usually tuna or salmon — which is tossed over rice and topped with various vegetables, sauces (such as honey soy, wasabi mustard, spicy miso, spicy mayo) and more. Poke is served all over the Hawaiian Islands and has made its way to the continental United States. 

There are many mouth-watering variations on the poke bowl. For example, if you’re on a low-carb diet, you can substitute lettuce for rice. Your fish can be seared if you don’t want it raw. Some bowls feature fruit as an ingredient. It all sounds delicious.

So, where can we find poke in the Lake Area?

The Hokey Poke food truck recently made its debut at Chuck Fest 2018.  "It was our test run,” says co-owner Zack Bond. "We originally started with the idea last year and noticed even in Houston, where we first experienced poke, no one ventured away from the brick and mortar setting. We had heard of more urban locations in other states having poke food trucks, but not currently nearby.”

Bond says that he and his partner, Karrson Livingston, wanted to bring something to Lake Charles that was both unique to the field and a healthy food option that was somewhat exotic in nature. 

"Poke was a great way to initiate that, as it currently combines some Asian and Hawaiian cooking elements (we generally describe it as a deconstructed sushi bowl) that come together for a clean, fresh, and flavorful combination,” he continues. "We’ve kept Louisiana in mind as a lot of our spices and sauce combinations utilize seasoning elements found in Southern cooking styles. So in essence, we added a bit of Southern charm to our flavor profiles.”

Just about all the bowls are super healthy, although a customer favorite, the "Hot Mess” includes salmon, soy sauce, green onions, sweet onions, avocado, edamame . . . and hot Cheetos! 

Bond says they are currently revising their menu based on their first event, along with customer opinions. He hopes these adjustments will better prepare them for serving the Lake Charles area in the future. "I think it will take some time, since it’s not necessarily a typical food, or genre of food, found in Louisiana,” he says. "We’re still learning the ropes on operating a food establishment, but are looking forward to running more events in the near future, and maybe, one day, running regularly!”

There’s also a brick-and-mortar poke establishment on the horizon. Poké Geaux opened its doors in Lafayette this past February. Co-owners Todd Buteaux and Andy Suhandi encountered poke bowls in their travels and decided that South Louisiana needed to discover this interesting food concept. 

The response was so overwhelming that a second location just opened in that city, and there are plans to open two more restaurants: one in Houma and one on Nelson Road here in Lake Charles. The Poké Geaux folks do not have a definite opening date for the Lake Charles location, but it’s in the works. In the meantime, the next time you’re in Lafayette, stop by one of their establishments and enjoy!

For more information on Hokey Poke, visit them on Facebook @thehokeypokeguys or go to thehokey-poke.com. For Poké Geaux, go to www.pokegeaux.com.
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