Ahhhh…Ahi Tuna Poke, one of our favorite dishes of all time! I first encountered this dish while sailing through the islands of Hawaii. As soon as I got back home, I wanted my wife to try some poke, too. She’s always willing to try new things, more than me sometimes. But, we struggled to find a spot that would serve us the traditional poke bowl I knew and loved.
In Orlando, we realized Ahi Tuna Poke is not an easy dish to find. Bummer! Having just recently been exposed to such an interesting dish, we were not confident in making it ourselves. Double bummer! Since then, we have been looking everywhere for poke (outside of our city, as well) and will go to any lengths to find it. Poke freaks.
Sweet, sweet 167 Raw, how we love you. This little but modern hole in the wall sits across the street from the Harry Teeter market in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. I am sure that if I asked my wife to jump in the car on a last minute, out of nowhere road trip to go eat at 167 Raw (7+ hours away from home), she would jump up and scream, “YAS KWEEN!” I can bet on it.
This quaint seafood spot is rated 5 stars on Yelp! and we are so glad we found it back in 2014. We popped our heads in for lunch without knowing what to expect. At the time, they were still half seafood market and half open-kitchen concept. Now, it’s basically a seafood bar with a small but hefty menu that delivers to all the faint at heart.
The Ahi Tuna Poke caught our eyes the second we saw it. Our eyes lit up as we held inside our screams of glee. It was brought to us with house made tortilla chips to eat with. Mmmhmm good. At 167, They serve everything fresh with only local seafood. The guys who work behind the bar know their stuff! Not only are they hosting and serving, they’re cooking and cleaning. They do it all! We love it there. By now, we have been countless times.
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Now that we were experts at eating Ahi Tuna Poke, we knew we could make it at home. We have eaten poke just about any place that looks half decent and has it on the menu. From Charleston to Albuquerque and from Chicago to our home sweet home.
Thanks again to Yelp! for helping us find our local seafood mart, and a great one at that. We walked right in and ordered a one pound sushi grade ahi tuna steak. They were helpful, humble and efficient. We were in and out of there in just a few minutes. My honey and I were set out to become the next best Ahi Tuna Poke chefs. Not quite though. We’re going to need to sharpen the crap out of our knives to be called that.
As long as you have a good Santoku knife, I think you will survive. Our knives weren’t sharpened as good at the time we made this so we struggled quite a bit. We almost called it quits! In Jesus name, we persevered and we were able to make it happen. We sure don’t regret it. What we do regret is waiting so long to finally try this at home.
What do you think? Will you try a bowl of Ahi Tuna Poke with The Perfect Brown Rice?
Ahi Tuna Poke
Taken from true Hawaiian cuisine, our Ahi Tuna Poke is surely divine. If you are looking for something challenging, refreshing and delicious, this is it!
Prep time: 4 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 9 mins
Set The Perfect Brown Rice to make.
Dice tuna steak into small bite size chunks.
In a small bowl, whisk together your poke sauce ingredients. Pour over tuna. Cover and refrigerate.
Remove from fridge when ready to serve. Garnish with sesame seeds and fresh scallions.
Serve over a bowl of The Perfect Brown Rice.