Hawaiian cuisine has become incredibly popular among Colorado residents, especially Hawaiian poke. As one of the state’s most loved dishes, Hawaiian poke is a great way to taste some of the island’s best offerings, while enjoying bountiful flavors and a full stomach. Poke is considered to be a local food, or “local grind” in Hawaii.

At The International Poke Company in Colorado Springs, we’re passionate about making chef-designed poke for all of our restaurant guests, and we love educating people on the history and health benefits of poke. In this blog, we’re going to look at three interesting facts about Hawaiian poke.

Poke Bowls Started With Hawaiian Reef Fish

Poke dates back to native Hawaiian fishermen who would cut up small reef fish and serve them raw with whatever other items they had. Most of the time, raw fish is seasoned with sea salt and seaweed. If you walk through one of Hawaii’s fish markets you’re sure to find a wide selection of poke, including octopus poke with ginger and tofu poke with watercress and tomato.

Poke Is Totally Customizable

Even the pickiest of eaters will love poke because it can be customized to meet your dietary needs. Have a gluten-free family member? Not a fan of spicy food? Looking to add more protein to your diet? A poke bowl can accommodate all of these things.

Poke Bowls Are Healthy

Unlike traditional fast food chains, poke bowls are incredibly healthy. It can be a challenge trying to find a healthy lunch without having to compromise taste, but with a poke bowl, there’s nothing to compromise. Since poke bowls are made with fresh, raw fish and whole food ingredients, you never have to feel guilty eating this Hawaiian cuisine.

International Poke Company in Colorado Springs

If you’re looking for a local poke restaurant in Colorado Springs, look no further than the International Poke Company. We offer a wonderful selection of international poke creations that the entire family will love. Try our Coco Loco Salmon poke bowl with spicy coconut milk sauce, lime, mango jalapenos, tomatoes, red onions, and cilantro. If you’re a shrimp lover, you’ll love our Southwest Shrimp poke bowl with creamy avocado sauce, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapenos, red onion, cucumber, radish, and a chili lime crunch. When you visit our poke restaurant in Colorado Springs, you can also go against the traditional poke flow by switching up the foundation of your poke bowl with white rice, grass noodles, organic brown rice, organic mixed greens, or black rice.