The Poke Guy to offer poke bowls in Vancouver

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      A new food shop that will focus 100 percent on poke is coming to our city.

      Earlier this year, poke—a traditional Hawaiian dish comprised of raw fish cubes—was already predicted to be among the 2016 food trends.

      There are a few Vancouver restaurants that offer poke dishes around Vancouver. However, none are fully dedicated to serving the popular Hawaiian fare…but not for long.

      Jak Quan and his wife Angela, are the founders of The Poke Guy. He shared a few details of the soon-to-open eatery with the Straight by phone.

      “We’ve been talking about doing poke for a while…it’s been about two years just us chatting back and forth about it,” Quan said. “A lot of it was just timing, and so this year we decided we would take the plunge and do it.”

      The eatery’s menu will be simple—the concept is to build-your-own-bowl by picking a base, protein, and optional side items.

      For the base, customers will be able to choose between white rice, brown rice, and spring or kale mix. Quan adds that they are also playing around with tortilla chips.

      There will be four protein options: ahi (yellowfin) tuna, albacore tuna, salmon, and tofu, for those who do not consume fish.

      Some of the poke flavours that will be offered include an original flavour with soy sauce and sesame oil, spicy sriracha mayo, wasabi mayo, and ponzu with lime and ginger.

      The husband-and-wife duo is aiming to refrain from straying from traditional Hawaiian poke.

      “We realize that poke nowadays has been very heavily influenced, especially by the Japanese cuisine,” Quan said. “It’s really tasty, it’s really good, but we would like to try and keep as close to the roots as possible.”

      After choosing a base and type of protein, customers can continue to build their poke bowl by adding side items such as cucumber, corn, edamame, pineapples, nori (seaweed), or onion flakes.

      For those who are really adventurous, there’s also the option to add masago (fish roe), avocado, quail egg, and macadamia nuts.

      A few different seasonings are also in the works. “It’s a combination of different types of salts, peppers, and some are sesame-based,” Quan explained.

      Eager poke-lovers should note that a storefront hasn't been decided on, but they have been looking at the Main Street, Kitsilano, and Marine Gateway areas.

      The Poke Guy is slated to open this summer, sometime in June or July.

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