Blog: A taste of what you may find on Maui

It’s the Year of the Poke!

I read an interesting article on CBC News about food trends in 2016. I originally clicked the link because of its meal worm picture. Just for the record, there is no way I want to eat meal worms.

To my surprise, the same paragraph with the meal worms said some predict 2016 will be the Year of the Poke! Now that is something I can get behind! I love poke.

Foodland poke
the spicy avocado ahi poke from Foodland

No, I am not talking about poking someone! Poke is a Hawaiian dish of raw pieces of marinated fish. Our neighbors introduced me to this delicious dish a number of years ago.

Poke is easy to find on Maui. The grocery stores all carry it (in their meat department), Costco has some, many restaurants will have a poke dish in their pupu (appetizers) section. Eskimo Candy in central Kihei (across from Napa Autoparts) has a great poke bowl (four different varieties and a seaweed salad). A number of Maui people have told me that Tamura’s on Dairy Road in Kahului has great poke – kind of an odd location, you walk through the specialty liquor store to the back where they have a fish counter. I have tried it – it was good, though a little salty for my taste.

In my opinion, the best poke is to be found at the Foodland grocery store. Wait a minute, Foodland? The Kihei Foodland is located on South Kihei Road across from Kalama Park. When you walk in, go all the way to the right back corner. There you can ask to taste a couple different kinds, then get your favorite either on its own or ask for a poke bowl with rice.

Word to the wise: you eat poke fresh. Plan to finish it that day. It is raw (though marinated) fish. I would not save it for the next day.