Okay doke, time for Poke!
It’s true, we have been hit by the poke bug ever since our first bowl. Poke bowls are quickly winning the hearts and bellies of Singaporeans with its delicious chunks of marinated raw fish and a wide selection of fresh vegetables.
But what Jia and I really love about it is the fact that we can pick and choose our favourite ingredients to build our perfect poke bowl. We can eat it with brown rice or a salad base, replace raw fish with shrimp or pick vegetarian options such as tofu or tempeh. I can never decide what to put in my bowl and I always end up with one too many options.
Unlike me, Jia doesn’t take raw fish. So we thought we could skip the raw fish and look for alternatives to prove that a poke bowl can be versatile and easy to construct at home. We decided on shrimp and halloumi cheese to replace raw fish because well, we really love cheese and since we don’t cook shrimp often, we thought it will be a good time to challenge ourselves.
OKAY DOKE POKE BOWL
Serves 2 hungry monsters
Any rice of your choice or salad greens
8 mid-sized shrimps
1/2 block of halloumi cheese
Handful of pea sprouts
8 mid-sized red radish
3 tbs pomegranate seeds
3 tbs edamame, shelled
2 tbs red onion, chopped
1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
Sprinkle of black and white toasted sesame seeds
Sprinkle of toasted sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds
A wedge of Tahitian lime
Seasoning for shrimp
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Freshly cracked black pepper
Combine shrimps and seasoning, leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Grill halloumi cheese over medium heat until golden brown.
Pan fry shrimps until cooked.
Build your poke bowl starting from the base, and add each ingredient neatly in a pile until you fill the entire bowl.
Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
Yummy, healthy, and easy peasy lemon squeezey. What would you add to your poke bowl? :)
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