So, you are standing in the queue at the Night Noodle Markets, keen to taste the latest sensation that’s swept through New York, is loved in LA and taken Sydney by storm.

Are you going to point to the board and say I’ll have a number two? Or are you going to be uber cool and say you want poh-kay?

Yep, poh-kay is how you say poke! You can thank those crazy Hawaiians for making the whole thing so confusing.

Where are the best noodles at the Noodle Market?

Strawberry roulade

Poke is the latest food craze

If you haven’t tried the latest food craze, the Night Noodle Markets will be your chance to get into this healthy trend which originates from a traditional Hawaiian dish. The ingredients vary widely depending on who is in the kitchen, but the usual suspects include tuna or salmon, rice or noodles, pineapple cubes, toasted seaweed, avocado, pickled ginger and sesame seeds in various combos.

It’s high in protein from the fatty fish and has plenty of fibre from the grains, beans and vegetables.

Traditional poke bowl preparation usually involves marinating the raw fish in a salty, sweet sauce made with soy and ponzu sauces, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar, but there are plenty of other interpretations that you can try.

To help you understand what’s inside the bowl, I asked Matthew Forwood of Poke Bear (I love the name) what’s inside the bowl.  Poke Bear launched as a pop-up at the Randwick Farmers’ Markets and has moved into Bondi’s Best as part of owner Joel Best’s plans for a bigger poke presence.


Strawberry roulade dessert

Here’s everything you need to know about poke bowls

Q. Poke bowls have been described as deconstructed sushi. Is that true?

A. Yes, but they include so much more with all vegetables and toppings. Some of ours have sweet potato, carrots and edamame.

Q. Is it all cold and raw fish?

A. Yes, but also so delicious. We have Alpine King Salmon or MSC Yellow Fin tuna. There’s also a vegetable version if you can’t do raw fish.

Q. What really turns people on about poke bowls?

A. Everyone loves the fresh ingredients.

Q. Where should a novice poke bowl eater start on the menu?

A. I’d start with the salmon because that’s my favourite fish. You should start with your favourite fish too.

Q. Are they really healthy?

A. Yes! Poke bowls are one fresh, satisfying bowl of goodness.

Noodle Market need-to-knows

The Night Noodle Markets  run from Wednesday, July 19 to Sunday, July 30 in the Cultural Forecourt at South Bank, Brisbane.  They open at 5 pm on weekdays and from 4 pm on weekends.

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post, but the views are my own.