Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ahi Ogo Poke and Papaya Salad (serves 4 as part of a shared meal)


Grocers across the Hawaiian islands have a counter section with a selection of different types of prepared poke. Poke is a raw salad found in Hawaiian cuisine. Poke is a Hawaiian term meaning "to cut or slice". For a quick meal I often buy this and eat it with rice. Other times I like to add it to shredded papaya especially when I have an abundance of green fruit. I was invited to a lunch so I made this dish to bring along. It's quick, delicious and everyone loves eating it.

Ingredients:

3/4 large green papaya, peeled and shredded
1 lb prepared ahi ogo poke (found in Hawaiian grocers)
20 red hibiscus flower pedals, torn
10 mint or Thai basil leaves, torn or julienned
A handful of crushed freshly roasted peanuts
Vietnamese dipping sauce (to drizzle on the salad when ready to eat)

Method:

1) In a large bowl, place the papaya inside.
2) Scatter the ahi ogo poke, hibiscus flower, mint or basil leaves, and peanuts on top.
3) Drizzle Vietnamese dipping sauce on each individual plate (according to taste and preference).

red hibiscus flower
small papayas commonly found in Hawaii
larger variety of papayas
*Ahi Poke is a mixture of cubed ahi (yellowfin tuna), soy sauce, onion, scallion, sesame oil, ogo (crunchy thin seaweed), and roasted candle nut.

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