Photo by Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority
It doesn’t get more Hawaiian than poke, fresh fish marinated in soy sauce and sesame oil. Pronounced “poh-kay,” from the Hawaiian word meaning to cut or cube, poke has long been a snack for fishermen, and its flavours reflect the influence of Japanese and other Pacific cuisines.
Here are four spots to taste it.
Napili Market, Maui
A secret favourite of many local chefs, this grocery store has an extensive poke bar (try the spicy ahi), priced by the pound.
Yama’s Fish Market, Oahu
This divey deli counter has been drawing poke-loving locals since it opened in 1980.
Pono Market, Kauai
It’s worth waiting in line for the numerous varieties of poke sold here, from the classic ahi to tako (octopus) and crab.
Da Poke Shack, Hawaii Island
Past Kona’s main drag, this tiny shop sells eight different kinds of poke (or you can customize your own).
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