WanderFood Wednesday: Kauai Poke

by Wanderluster
( June 15th, 2010 )

Kauai Poke Plate

Sounds like a dance, doesn’t it? The Kauai Poke!

Actually, poke is a generic term to describe the way a fish is prepared (think ceviche from Central America) and is a popular dish in the Hawaiian islands. While there are many variations on this theme, poke is served raw and often includes a bit of sea salt, soy sauce, seaweed and some chili pepper. You might find it with tuna, squid, clams or any other seafood the locals can get their hands on.

Poke Bowls

It seems some of the best kinds are those found in the deli section of little markets but you can find it in the larger grocery stores as well. We picked up a variety (above) of pokes from Ishihara Market and ate at a picnic table across the street.

Poke Tuna

Above is a container of tuna poke. This, I believe, was smoked with some very light flavoring and was the favorite of our group.

Ishihara Market on Kauai

Ishihara isn’t hard to find. It’s right along the main highway in Waimea on Kauai. When you stop in, just pop into the back of the store where the deli is and choose from the many options.

Ishihara Market
9894 Kaumualii Highway
Waimea, HI 96796
(808) 338-1751‎

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From our partners
On June 15th, 2010 at 9:58 pm, travel with a purpose said:

Wow, this brings back some great memories from my time spent living on Kauai. Poke might sound icky but it is actually melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

On June 15th, 2010 at 10:13 pm, Sherry Ott said:

I’ve never had Poke…but it looks really refreshing…and good for you too!

On June 15th, 2010 at 10:15 pm, TheFunkiBaker said:

Thanks for inviting me!!

On June 15th, 2010 at 11:11 pm, Nancie (Ladyexpat) said:

That all looks so tasty. I’m just thinking about lunch now. This has made me doubly hungry!

On June 15th, 2010 at 11:17 pm, GotPassport said:

Never had this before… need to try it!

On June 15th, 2010 at 11:44 pm, Carrie said:

I don’t think I’ve ever had Poke, either. It looks good, especially the tuna poke!

On June 16th, 2010 at 5:39 am, dimsumdiary said:

I will definitely put it on my list of things to try!

On June 16th, 2010 at 5:55 am, Myscha Theriault said:

Well, I guess you learn something new every day. Looking forward to trying this out sometime.

On June 16th, 2010 at 7:00 am, Krista said:

I’ve never had poke but that smoked tuna looks fantastic!! :-) If poke is anything like ceviche, I’m in!! :-)

On June 16th, 2010 at 7:30 am, Margo said:

I’ve actually been there! I don’t remember what I ate (it was two years ago, so that would have been a little weird), but we loved it. All these kauai posts are giving me a serious urge to go back sooner rather than later. After all I did miss all that candy/chocolate you’ve been sharing with us!

On June 16th, 2010 at 7:40 am, OurPrivateKitchen said:

This looks delicious! I love all the various seafood; so many different textures and flavors!

On June 16th, 2010 at 8:18 am, Lisa Overman said:

Memories of Hawaii, yum! It looks like you tried some amazing dishes on your visit.

On June 16th, 2010 at 8:21 am, Stephanie said:

Wow, that tuna looks delicious! Mmmm….

On June 16th, 2010 at 1:46 pm, Angela L said:

Looks refreshing! Ceviche is one of my faves and I recently had a Hawaiian ‘walu’ prepared in what sound like a similar method. It was just this side of heaven!

On June 16th, 2010 at 2:11 pm, Epicuriosa said:

Late to the post but hope you have a chance to check it out! Thanks for hosting! – Mariana

On June 16th, 2010 at 3:05 pm, Lisa Wilcox said:

I love raw fish and Beef TarTare. You don’t get that heavy full feeling after eating it. Just pure satisfaction, light.

Lisa Wilcox
Owner, Wilcox Angus Beef

On June 16th, 2010 at 4:04 pm, HipTravelMama said:

Heavenly! Nothing in the world like eating same-day fresh poke on a Hawaiian beach!

On June 16th, 2010 at 4:49 pm, Gourmantic said:

I admit I don’t find this dish visually appetising. But I am intrigued by the flavours, particularly that of the smoked tuna. I think it would taste better than it presents.

On June 16th, 2010 at 6:32 pm, Wendy (The Local Cook) said:

ok now I am so ready for a vacation!

On June 17th, 2010 at 3:32 pm, Sarah V. said:

We totally missed out on poke during our trip to Maui. Maybe next time!

On September 4th, 2012 at 4:37 am, Abraham Hoggle said:

Wonderful website. Lots of helpful information here. I’m sending it to a few buddies ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thank you for your sweat!

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