Pokémon Poke Bowl

Pokemon Poke Bowl is a Hawaiian Ahi Tuna recipe I thought up to celebrate the immense popularity of Pokemon Go. I use various ingredients to represent each starter type!

I had a lot of fun making this dish because it had a lot to do with my childhood. I was in grade 4 when Pokémon came out and it pretty much took a large chunk of my life. I remember playing the game at home with my brother and trying to defeat the elite four, and talking with my friends about strategies and where they found rare Pokémon. It’s quite amazing that this franchise is still around and incredibly popular.

I put a lot of thought into making this dish, especially the the image of the three starter types. At first I was making a poke salad. I used all green vegetables for the grass type, red ingredients with chili flakes to represent fire, and rice with water and vinegar for water. The last one was especially difficult because I needed something blue to represent water.

I wanted the ingredient to make sense in the dish. It had to taste good or else what’s the point in making it? At the end I opted out of using a blue ingredient and instead turned the dish into a rice bowl/donburi so that I could use the rice to represent water. Instead of blue I would use white to make the water droplet, and use the water and vinegar to represent the elemental type. The result was an awesome tasting rice bowl with the Pokémon image I wanted.

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A bit about this dish. This raw fish salad is usually served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine. Poke is the Hawaiian verb for “section” or “to slice or cut”. Traditional forms are aku (an oily tuna) and he’e (octopus) but. The great thing about this dish though is that it’s very versatile, you can use a lot of different raw seafood to get different tastes. Just make sure that the ingredients are fresh or sashimi grade.


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1 lb Raw Tuna
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1/2 cup tobiko roe
1 avocado
1/2 cup cucumber
2 tbsp green onions
2 cups Japanese rice
2 tbsp sushi rice seasoning
3 cups of water
1/2 tsp white sesame seeds
1/2 tsp black sesame seeds
2 tbsp soy sauce

Wash the rice and until the water is clear. Place the rice into a pot and add the water. Place the pot on high and get it to a boil while stirring constantly. Once it’s boiling, turn the heat to medium low, and place a lid on it. Simmer covered for 6-8 minutes or until the rice is cooked through.

While the rice is cooking, cut the tuna into 1/2 inch squares. For the vegetables (avocado, cucumber, green onions) cut them into very small squares. This way you will get a little bit of everything in each bite.

Mix everything together and set aside. Once the rice is done, add the seasoning and a little bit of salt. Let it cool to room temp. Place the rice in a bowl with the poke salad on top, then serve.

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