This vegetarian poke bowl uses konnyaku to replace raw salmon – and the result is pretty legit.
Originating from Hawaii, poke bowls – consisting of raw marinated fish chunks with raw vegetables and rice – have taken the foodie world by storm.
Eateries serving poke bowls are popping up islandwide, and Singaporeans are snapping them up. Jumping onto the poke bowl bandwagon, vegetarian eatery Greendot has launched its own version of a poke bowl. Since then, it’s been highly raved by customers.
Curious, we tried it, and here’s what we think.
Greendot’s Vegetarian Salmon Poke Bowl ($9.90)
Greendot’s Vegetarian Salmon Poke Bowl is filled with 12 ingredients that includes konnyaku “salmon”, soya floss, pineapple, cranberries, pickled cucumber, shimeji mushrooms and beancurd.
For grains, pick your preferred rice: brown rice or Japanese short-grain rice. Packed with so many nutritious ingredients, this bowl contains only 406 calories. It’s great for those who want a substantial meal without busting their calories. Pick brown rice for a healthier and more filling option.
Taste wise, the poke bowl is savoury, slightly sweet, and has lots of bite. The ingredients complemented one another well, except for the pineapple which was too sweet for our liking. The pickled Japanese cucumber has tanginess to whet your appetite, while the chopped cashews gave a nice crunch with each mouthful.
At first, we were skeptical about the konnyaku “salmon”, but it took us by surprise. Coated with wasabi mayo, the konnyaku tricked us into thinking that we were eating real salmon with wasabi. The konnyaku has a firmer texture, and lacks the pleasant fatty taste of salmon, but it’s no doubt an impressive imitation of the raw fish.
(Also read: Recipe: Konnyaku Noodles With Vegetables)
Overall, the vegetarian poke bowl is a welcome option especially if you have been feasting on rich and indulgent food. The portion is great for small eaters. If you are ravenous, order a side dish to share. We recommend the Herbal Lion Mane’s Mushroom ($7.90) from their selection of zhi char dishes.
A Greendot spokesperson shared that there are plans to introduce more poke bowl flavours, so stay tuned.
The Vegetarian Salmon Poke Bowl ($9.90) is available at all Greendot outlets except Mapletree Business City. Visit http://www.greendot.sg/ for more info.