Whether you have tried them or not, poke bowls (pronounced: Pokeh) sure have made their way into the culinary scene and have risen to the top over the years in Dubai. It has become the fastest-selling and the most popular dish here at The Bowl One. This Hawaiian dish comes from the family of sashimi, kinilaw, ceviche, sushi as they all have raw fish in common.

Poke is for cutting or slicing in Hawaiian which is why the dish has small diced or sliced pieces of raw fish as the key ingredient along with rice and vegetables. But honestly, why is the dish so overhyped? What’s really the big deal about it? Are we blindly following the trends?

Let’s break down each component of the poke bowl and see what benefit they hold.

Every poke bowl in Dubai has a base (Brown rice, Sushi rice, and Quinoa), raw fish (Salmon or Tuna), vegetables (carrots, edamame, radish, beetroot), toppings (nuts, sesame seeds, green onions, sliced avocados, beans, seaweed) and dressings(soy sauce, spicy mayo, thousand island, ranch sauce).

Balanced Blood Pressure:

Even the most basic poke bowl has omega-3 fatty acids which help in reducing the risks of many cardiovascular diseases. Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and play a significant role in maintaining blood pressure and cholesterol.

Protein Powerhouse:

Tuna is the shining star of poke bowls as it has about 80 percent of protein required for your daily intake. A single serving of poke bowl contains about 24 grams of protein. You can boost your energy levels and muscle functioning by having a poke bowl for your daily grind. 

Prevents Diseases:

Poke bowls have antioxidants that help in reducing the risk of kidney disease, cell damage and cancer. The antioxidants in Tuna aids in kidney function, keeping the cell membranes healthy and preventing heart-related diseases.

Helps You Stay Fit:

The base of poke bowl that has Brown rice, Sushi rice, and Quinoa are rich in fibre, vitamin B and minerals such as iron and magnesium.

Veggie Power:

Carrots are rich in vitamin A, great for your eye health and vision. Beetroots can lower your blood pressure; edamame is rich in fibre and radishes are a good source of vitamin c.

Dressing and Toppings:

Nuts, sesame seeds, green onions, sliced avocados, beans, soy sauce, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, spicy mayo can give a kick to your dish and make it more flavoursome. 

One thing that can make the whole dish go wrong would be choosing stale fish. This dish is based upon the freshness and high-quality of the fish you choose so if you compromise on that you’ll end up hating poke bowls.

Overall, poke bowls in Dubai seem to be worthy of the hype, given that they pack so many essential nutrients and are fairly easy to prepare.