Taking a ‘Poke’ at the History of Hawaii’s Most Delectable Bowl

One of Hawaii’s tastiest exports to arrive on the mainland is the Poke bowl. This delicacy has gained a great deal of popularity in recent years, combining taste and nutrition in a portable form perfect for those on the go. While their notoriety first began to emerge in the 1970s, the poke bowl continues to gain popularity in an age when ordering out is more convenient than ever. Although fast food has always possessed a great deal of accessibility and convenience, people are becoming more conscious regarding healthier choices in their diet. If you’re tired of burgers and pizza and want to begin eating healthier, then the Poke bowl is right for you.

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While the exact origins of the poke bowl are unclear, it first began making appearances in the kitchens of Hawaiian homes. (Although some claim their origins trace back to the Polynesian islands.) Simple preparation has made it an enduring and affordable staple for many. Poke, which translates to ‘cut crosswise into pieces’, refers to the diced fish that serves as the bowl’s primary ingredient. Served with seaweed, salt, and crushed candlenut, these four ingredients are not exclusive and since its transition from island staple to mainstream dining, the Poke bowl has evolved into a highly customizable entrée.

Like the Peruvian dish Ceviche and the Japanese Sashimi, the fish in the Poke bowl is raw. While the Poke bowl continues to develop and evolve, the precautions that one needs to take when handling any raw protein will always be of the utmost importance. If you have chosen to abstain from meat, or prefer a different protein, Tofu is a commonly used substitution. Another advantage of using Tofu is that it can be used in conjunction with various sauces and spices to create a wide variety of different flavors.

At Island Fin Poke, we’re devoted to a wide range of options when it comes to choosing the perfect Poke bowl. Because no two people share the exact same taste, the combinations that are available are next to limitless. Not only do we have a variety of fish available, but also Spam and Tofu. We have spices ranging from the mild to the monstrous, not to mention the mouthwatering. Visit our website at to look at our extensive menu and see for yourself why so many have left junk food behind in favor of this island delicacy.

We invite you to visit us at Island Fin Poke Lake Nona! You can find us located at 7004 Tavistock Lakes Blvd #148 in Orlando. If you’d like to speak with us directly or place an order ahead of time, please call us at 407-313-2827. We’ll see you soon!