Food: A Poke Theory
I think Hawaiian food is slowly becoming a thing here. After getting our hands on Spam Musubis at the recent Singapore Food Festival, we were hooked, and knew we wanted to explore even more Hawaiian gastronomic delights. Thankfully, we don’t have to rely purely on food festivals for access to that, as we now have not one but two Poke specialists. We want to highlight A Poke Theory today,which is the second Poke specialist store to open in Singapore, and is just a little over a month old as of this post.
So what is Poke (pronounced Poh-kay, like in Pokemon)? It’s basically a Hawaiian staple dish that refers to the raw fish that’s prepared (basically a Hawaiian cousin to Japanese sashimi), and is usually served with rice, vegetables and tropical fruits like pineapples. A Poke Theory sells just Poke, but you can be sure they’ve come up with a product worth buying. You can choose from three different bases: rice, quinoa or lettuce, and top it with either tuna or salmon. We got the rice base and topped our poke with an avocado and miso salmon, which was recommended to us. Afterwards, you can add even more toppings on top (we went with tobiko, edamame, pineapple and cherry tomatoes) and the end result looks absolutely stunning and perfect to instagram. Having a solid, wide bowl really helps with this, and we appreciated how nicely presented our poke came.
Some optional toppings (at an extra charge) also include Kalua pork (this just melts in your mouth), as well as their two special in-house items: crispy salmon skin and spiced cashews, both of which are also available to buy as takeaway packs. We got a taste of both, and were impressed by how finely sliced the salmon skin was, and were left puzzled but pleasured by the mysterious spices used in the cashews. For the record, we guessed that there was cinnamon…and a whole lot of other things that resulted in a spectrum of tastes, from sweet to spicy with each bite.
But the most impressive about this little health stop is that you can really see the passion they put into their food. Speaking to young co-founder Joey, we found out that the fish, vegetables and fruits are all sourced for personally, and not simply ordered without a second thought. The ingredients were very fresh, and we can attest to that from the juicy and very tender cherry tomatoes we had. Joey also advocated a strong work-life balance for his staff, and we’re always glad to hear about employers who have a healthy work environment, just like the food they serve.
All in all? We loved A Poke Theory and would definitely come back for repeat visits. We hear they have plans to open a second outlet soon, and couldn’t be happier that more people will be able to have a taste of this great food. Healthy, filling and tasty, what more could you ask for?
A Poke Theory
27 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069623
Sat: 10am-4pm (Closed on Sundays)