Five years after Tom and I married, we traveled to Maui on our honeymoon. We visited some touristy and not so touristy spots. After seeing the awesome underwater life at the Maui Aquarium, we went to a restaurant nearby called “The Waterfront.” There, for the first time, Tom and I tried Poke.

I just discovered that the restaurant is now closed which is a shame as Tom and I really enjoyed ourselves. I remember the kindness of the staff and their insistence that we try Poke because it is a traditional Hawaiian dish. And of course we tried it and it tasted delicious.

Tom cannot stomach too much of this dish, as it is very rich. I only make it on occasion now. It serves as a great appetizer or you can eat it with rice, along with some sigumchee namul, if you want to make a meal out of it.

1) 1 Ahi Tuna steak

Ahi Tuna steak

This steak is quite big and what happens when I go to the grocery store hungry. I get the biggest piece of tuna in the case. I cut this down the middle lengthwise.

2) Teriyaki sauce
3) 1 teaspoon sesame oil
4) 1 bunch free onions, diced.
5) 3 or 4 cloves crushed garlic

1) Cut the steak into bite size pieces. Place in a medium mixing bowl.
2) Add the teriyaki sauce and sesame oil.

Making Poke - Add the Teriyaki Sauce and Sesame Oil

3) Peel 3 or 4 (if they’re small) cloves of garlic, crush them into the mixing bowl.

Adding Crushed Garlic to the Ahi Tuna for Poke

And of course there’s the mess you have to clean up afterwards – sticky garlic peel.

The Garlic Peel Aftermath

4) Then I wash my hands again, take off my wedding ring and get my hands “dirty,” by mixing everything up by hand. You can use a spoon if you want, but I don’t think it does as good of a job.

5) Add the green onions.

Making Poke - Cut the Green Onions


Poke in a Bowl


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