Chef Jimmy Meas Presents: The Poke Menu
Since joining the GENKI family of restaurants last year, Co-Executive Chef Jimmy Meas has spearheaded an exciting expansion of the selections. Meas’ new Poke menu is the latest exciting entry into his Asian-fusion culinary revolution, but it will only be available at GENKI restaurants for a limited time.
What is Poke?
Poke is the Hawaiian word that refers to slicing food into sections. At its most basic, poke contains raw pieces of seafood, usually tuna, marinated in a sauce of sesame oil, soy sauce and onion pieces.
Like so many now-fashionable dishes that started off as "peasant food," poke’s history is a humble one. As fishermen cleaned and sectioned their daily catches for market, they reserved the irregular pieces for their own meals. Often the fisherman added condiments they had on hand, whether it be dried seaweed or chopped nuts. Over time, the dish spread from local fishermen to the rest of the Hawaiian population. By the 1970s, poke sections in the grocery store were common, with seasonings such as wasabi or soy sauce becoming part of the poke tradition.
These days, poke is growing in popularity across mainland America. Modern variations include a kind of “deconstructed sushi,” in which the marinated fish chunks are tossed with ingredients like fresh vegetables, avocado or even tropical fruits, then served over rice.
The Genki Twist
Adding a new chapter to Genki’s Asian-fusion culinary feats, Co-Executive Chef Jimmy Meas has created a handful of special poke dishes, each with its own unique flavor profiles, and made from generously-cut pieces of quality seafood and produce. Our variations include:
Spicy Salmon Poke —
A spice-lover's dream, this dish combines raw salmon with masago (fish roe), mango, cucumber and red onions. This poke is tossed with a garlicky mayonnaise and served over white rice.
Mexican Poke — Our Mexican poke pairs white tuna, avocado and mango with south-of-the-border flavors like avocado and cilantro, along with soy sauce and sesame oil.
Poker Face Roll — This isn’t just a whimsical pun. The name also pays tribute to the alternating black and red tobiko (fish roe) that tops the rolls, which are comprised of ahi, avocado and cucumber. Wasabi cream and sliced escolar top the rolls, serving as a base for the colorful tobiko.
Tofu Poke — Vegetarians needn’t feel left out of the poke-bration. Chef Jimmy Meas has created a plant-based dish in which seasoned tofu is combined with colorful vegetables and sesame oil, then layered over white rice.
Ahi Poke Appetizer — For diners who want to order a starter version of poke, this ahi dish is perfect. The ahi is marinated with Hawaiian flavors, then paired with cucumbers, wonton crisps and white rice.
Check out Chef Jimmy Meas' new poke menu online. Better yet, drop by one of the three GENKI restaurants while the poke dishes are still available and try them for yourself!