Bringing healthy back, in a Poke bowl.
A trip to Singapore and spotting the poké culture there, was what sparked the birth of the first poké café in Malaysia. Nestled neatly in the heart of Bandar Sunway, stands The Fish Bowl, with its bright and minimalistic interior design, hitting us hard with the first wave of the poké.
Stemming from Hawaiian roots, poké (pronounced poh-kay) means “chunk” in Hawaiian. It began as a fisherman’s food, where they used to season the cut-offs from their catch to serve as a snack. Typically poké is composed of any meat or seafood cut into small chunks and marinated, the staple having cubes of raw ahi tuna, tossed with green and white onions, sesame oil and soy sauce. Traditional poké seasonings have been heavily influenced by Japanese and other Asian cuisines during Japan’s invasion of Hawaii during the Second World War.
Today, The Fish Bowl strives to provide a healthy and well balanced meal, all in one bowl. This guilt free indulgence is both a treat and at the same time, clean fuel for the body. A creative twist of the salad, poké is perfect for the wellness enthusiasts out there, craving for a fun alternative to a healthy meal.
With natural ingredients prepared daily, warm rice and fresh cool toppings, a Poké Bowl here will primarily have these three components: carbohydrates, in the form of brown or Japanese white rice; protein, from a selection of salmon, tuna, shrimp and chicken; and fibres, joining the mix to provide all the vitamins your body needs, as well as to brighten up the bowl.
Once set up with all the different ingredients, the poké bowl will be a visually stunning food ensemble that avid Instagrammers will fall in love with.
After you’re done with all the picture taking, time to mix the entire collection up before you take that delicious bite! The rice, the meat and the side vegetables will dance together harmoniously in your mouth creating a burst of flavour that’ll leave you wanting more.
Shoyu Salmon is the bestseller here, and it’s easy to see why. The Norwegian salmon served is immensely tender, a delectable treat to the taste buds. The Fish Bowl’s rendition of sashimi is truly satisfying, you can’t help but want seconds.
Kaffir Lime Salmon is salmon soaked in kaffir lime juice. Giving the meat added zest, the citrus adds body and flavour to the meat that you’ll be sure to appreciate.
Our personal favourite poké bowl however, was the Spicy Sirracha Salmon. Deliciously coated with sirracha hot sauce, this condiment coupled with the sprinkled chilli flakes, gave the succulent salmon meat a spicy, playful kick.
The tuna here is served with Shoyu and you can opt for it to be spicy. Brought in from Japan, the meat here is soft and juicy, fresh and only slightly marinated so you can savour the natural luscious flavour of the fish.
The sides make the whole meal a little more fascinating. Matching the ingredients to the fish is like pairing food and wine together to produce a harmonious flavour. Pineapple cubes add extra sweetness to the dish while almonds and the fried shallots pack a crunch. Pickled ginger and radish create a fun twist to the taste of the rice and the meat, while the ebiko and wasabi infuse a little bit more of a Japanese character. So feel free to mix and match! It’s all part of the dining experience at The Fish Bowl.
A Standard sized bowl, at RM 17.90 is definitely enough to fill you up. But if you need more, upsize it for an additional RM6, and you’re good to go.
After the overwhelmingly positive response from the crowd in Sunway, The Fish Bowl has launched their second store in One Utama last month, in April. Also, in celebration of the Ramadhan month, they are launching a Nasi Kerabu inspired poké to commemorate the occasion. So if you’re looking for a delightful meal that your Instagram followers and your tummy will thank you for, head on over to The Fish Bowl at One Utama, to pamper yourself with that great food that comes with zero regret!
Address: 77, Jalan PJS 11/9, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Phone: +60 3-5612 9992