Food Feature: Poke Pop-Up

Hawaiian Poke Makes Its Way to DC.

As a former resident of the Aloha State, I’m very excited that poke (pronounced “poh-kay”) has finally found its way to Washington, DC. The dish is a raw, marinated fish salad that is ubiquitous in Hawaii—tasty versions are literally sold in grocery stores. Poke gets its name from the Hawaiian verb pokē, “to slice or cut,” and traditionally combines raw tuna with soy sauce, green onions, sesame oil, and seaweed.

Throughout the month of June, you can try four variations of poke—including the traditional Hawaiian version—at Chef Kevin Tien’s Poke Pop, a pop-up or concept restaurant. The temporary, pop-up format allows Tien try out the dish in DC and gauge demand.

Here are a few shots of “The Hawaiian” (Ahi tuna, soy ginger dressing, cucumber, wakame, red onion, scallion, furikake) on Poke Pop’s menu.

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Poke Pop runs Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays in June at 918 F St. NW. Learn more here

Photos and article by Genna Byrd, who also worked for a year at a Native Hawaiian nonprofit on the island of Oahu. Learn more here & connect via:

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