The Seoul Poke Price Range:
8,400won-9,400won Per Bowl
The Seoul Poke Story:
December 12, 2018
Poke is a dish that came from the Native Hawaiian people. The dish contains marinated raw fish or sea food mixed with seasoning and sometimes vegetables. Slowly mainland US adopted this Poke dish and transformed it... mixing in rice, all the other vegetable toppings, and sauce put on top of the bowl. Poke bowl is available all over the US and slowly spreading out to the world. Today I got to try Seoul Poke, located in Gangnam, to try to appease my Poke fix.
Seoul Poke is located near Yeoksam Station. They are in the basement of a building called Simple Kitchen, which is a shared kitchen space. If you don’t know what a shared kitchen space is... the concept is having a bunch of little restaurants share a building. People can go to the shared kitchen space and eat at any of the restaurants like a food court, or these restaurant mostly get their income from to-go orders.
Seoul Poke is located in the booth number 7. They have a very small dining area and a ordering kiosk to ordered food from the entire Simple Kitchen building. Poke Bowls on the mainland is usually served like a Subway Sandwich style food place. You go down the line and tell them what rice, fish, vegetables, and sauce you would like on your poke bowl. However at Seoul Poke it was a little bit different. Their menu consisted of 4 different pre-set bowls (you cannot pick and choose what you want inside your bowl, unless if you tell them... but you can choose the sauce you want.)
They had a Tuna & Salmon Poke Bowl, Tuna Poke Bowl, Salmon Poke Bowl, and a Shrimp Poke Bowl. I was picking up lunch for myself and my parents, so I ordered Tuna & Salmon Poke Bowl, Tuna Poke Bowl, and Salmon Poke Bowl. I also got an Oriental, Sriracha Mayo, and Gochujang for my sauces.
The Food Ordered At Seoul Poke:
Tuna & Salmon Poke
Taste: Since the Poke Bowls have the same exact ingredients inside them other than the fish, I will explain the taste of the Tuna and Salmon Poke Bowl and the separate sauces. Inside, the Poke Bowl has your choice of protein (Tuna & Salmon, Tuna, Salmon, or Shrimp) mango, onions, lettuce, radish, red cabbage, masago, brown rice, edamame, tomatoes, ginger, seaweed salad, and carrots. The tuna’s color was dark red, and it had a pretty good taste. The tuna had a sweet and mild flavor coming from it and since it was cut into chunks it had a firm texture. The salmon had a fresh taste with a much softer texture. Poke bowls always have a explosion of flavors. You get the fresh and crunchiness from the vegetables, and the sweetness from the mango. You also experienced different textures from the masago (popping action) and brown rice. I personally loved the taste the seaweed salad and ginger brought to the poke bowl. They give a total different flavor profiles from everything else inside which creates a nice balance.
Sauce: Sriracha Mayo, Gochujang, and Oriental
Sriracha Mayo: Sriracha Mayo is one of my favorite sauces, and it is a sauce that is liked by many. Sriracha Mayo has the rich and tastiness from the Mayo but gives you a slight kick from the Sriracha. Sriracha Mayo is topped off on many US style hand rolls and sushi rolls, which is why I am so used to having it inside my poke bowls.
Gochujang: The Gochujang sauce isn’t the exact same Gochujang sauce as the one you eat with Bibimbap (비빔밥) or any other Korean food. It tasted milder, lighter, and tangy, (like 초고추장). It gave the Poke Bowl a more of a Korean style raw fish bowl (회덮밥) flavor. It wasn’t my favorite sauce, but it was interesting and good.
Oriental: The Oriental sauce was ponzu based sauce. It had a sweet and sour taste that came from it. It tasted like the Asian/Oriental salad dressing sauce. I personally love this taste, so I would recommend this sauce.
Bottom line Seoul Poke did fulfill my poke craving, but it wasn’t as good as any of the poke bowls I have had in the US. The fish tasted fine, the toppings were good, and the sauce was good also... but nothing was amazing or great.
The Rating At Seoul Poke:
The Hours, Website, & Phone Number At Seoul Poke:
SUNDAY: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
MONDAY: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
TUESDAY: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
WEDNESDAY: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
THURSDAY: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
FRIDAY: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
SATURDAY: 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Phone Number: 070-4667-3489