Inspired by a meal we enjoyed in Hanoi, our home version of poke bowl has sushi rice, tuna, lettuce, cucumber, shiitake, egg, eggplant and sweet ripe mango.
For the marinated fish
- ½ kilo tuna fillets (or use salmon), cut into one-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
For the sushi rice
- ¾ cup Japanese rice
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
For the cooked toppings
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 3 tablespoons sesame seed oil divided
- 2 whole eggs lightly beaten
- 4 shiitake mushrooms (caps only), thinly sliced
- 1 large Asian eggplant split vertically then cut into half-inch slices
For the raw toppings
- 1 ripe mango
- 1 cup shredded lettuce
- 1 medium cucumber
For the sauce
- 4 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 4 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon grated ginger
Cook the rice
Rinse the rice several times until the water runs clear.
Place the rice in the rice cooker. Pour in a cup and a half of water and cook.
Spread the rice in a shallow bowl. Drizzle in the rice vinegar and toss well. Leave to cool.
Toast the sesame seeds; cook the eggs, eggplants and mushrooms
While the rice cools, place a frying pan over medium heat. Spread the sesame seeds and cook, tossing often, until browned and glistening. Scoop out and set aside to cool.
Heat a tablespoon of sesame seed oil in the same frying pan. Pour in the beaten eggs, sprinkle with a little salt and cook just until set. Roll up and cool. Cut into half-inch slices.
Heat another tablespoon of sesame seed oil in the frying pan. Spread the sliced shiitake in the hot oil and sprinkle with a bit of salt. Cook for a minute, flip the slices over and cook for another minute. Scoop out and set aside.
Heat the remaining tablespoon of sesame seed oil. Spread the eggplant slices in the hot oil. Cook for a minute and a half, flip over and cook for another minute. Scoop out and set aside.
Prepare the mango and cucumber
Assemble the poke bowls
Prepare four bowls. Place rice at the bottom of each bowl.
Divide the marinated fish into four portions and place a portion on top of the rice in each bowl.
Surround the fish with egg, shiitake, eggplant, mango, lettuce and cucumber.
Drizzle a tablespoon of sauce over the contents of the bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds (and, optionally, with cilantro).
Serve the poke bowls at once with the remaining sauce on the side.
What is poke bowl?
Poke is a dish that consists of marinated raw fish served with condiments. The term originated in Hawaii but the flavors of the dish are heavily influenced by Japanese cuisine.
When poke became popular in mainland U.S. and, eventually, outside America, the humble snack of fishermen evolved into a filling dish with rice at the base, the marinated fish on top surrounded by vegetables (which may be pickled or fresh), fruit (like mango or avocado) and egg. Once assembled, sauce is drizzled over everything.