Entertainment Issue 5 Magazine

Poking at the Poke Industry

Around 2017, poke became popular among the citizens of Walnut Creek and ever since, it has become one of the go-to foods for the people of Walnut Creek. Poke means “chunk” in Hawaiian. It is called chunks because it contains big pieces of seafood in them. This food is a main dish in Hawaiian cuisine. Poke is a bowl of rice or noodles with different toppings on it. These toppings can be raw fish, vegetables, salad, and varying sauces. Some of these sauces are soy sauce and sesame oil. This locally-emerging food is delicious, inexpensive, and healthy. Also, poke does not make your stomach feel heavy like some starches, for such big sized portions. Poke contains proteins like salmon, as well as Omega 3 fats. Poke can be a great alternative to salad, because it still offers good nutrients with minimal calories. Although poke has many benefits, you have to be conscious about where you order it from, because poke contains raw fish, which if it is not treated properly, can cause salmonella. Fortunately, Walnut Creek has several poke restaurants that are good quality and delicious! 

In the summer of 2017, T4 and Poke opened on North Main Street (not to be confused with the one located in the Heather Farms Shopping Plaza.) T4 and Poke does not only have a variety of poke, but they also offer a myriad of bubble tea flavors. Good-sized bowls of Poke are being served for such a low price. If you are new to ordering poke, there are different combinations of meats and vegetables you can choose from. The seaweed salad is a favorite topping among many poke eaters. In addition, the employees who work there are very helpful. If you have trouble deciding what to eat, there are also almost always poke bowls that are already made to choose from.

Next to Las Lomas and Whole Foods, there is a poke restaurant called Pokeatery. There are slightly more topping options in this restaurant, unlike T4 and Poke. If you decide to take a friend or family member with you, getting one order is most likely the best option, since the single serving order is pretty large. An employee will walk you through the steps of making your own bowl, starting with the base. One popular option is the white rice. Then, you can choose your toppings, meats, and sauces. Some of the sauces are spicy, so if you are not a fan spice, the mild sauce is recommended. In the end, one bowl costs about fourteen dollars.