Vancouver Poke Challenge Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Poke Challenge was another success featuring poke creations from restaurants around Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their poke creation from July 10-August 5, 2018. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Kirsty Ip, Bethany Ho and Louisa Chan.

Each media judge will have scored the creation with a maximum of 40 points as follows: Overall Taste 20 points, Originality and Uniqueness 10 points, Presentation and Appearance 10 points). The total number of points a poke creation could earn is 120 points.

The Winners are: 

1st Place (tie):

{106 points}

The Hoke Poke

L’a Nesuto

Price: $12.95

Created by Hoke Poke Team

Description: Ahi tuna and Atlantic salmon are mixed with fresh green onions, sweet onions, cilantro, jalapeños, crispy onions and Furikake. Tossed with our signature Chef’s Special sauce and topped with crispy shredded seaweed, a quail egg and Flaming Hot Cheetos. Yum!

Served with side scoops of guacamole, pickled ginger, imitation crab meat and seaweed salad, served on a bed of white rice.

Offered: all the time

The Hoke Poke

1824 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 564-8885

Web: http://www.thehokepoke.ca/

Instagram @thehokepoke

Benny and Connie

1st Place (tie):

{106 points}

Westcoast Poke

Butterfish Bowl

Price: $18

Created by: the team

Description:

Ingredients: charred scallion and ginger rice, aburi chili oil Gindara sablefish, maple soy charred corn salsa (red pepper, corn, jalapeños, charred sablefish skin), radish, curled scallions, sesame seeds.

Offered: All the time

Westcoast Poke

463 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 379-5344

Web: https://www.westcoastpoke.com/

Twitter @WestCoastPoke ‏

Instagram @westcoastpoke

And

Westcoast Poke

3030 – 11666 Steveston Hwy, Richmond

Tel: 778 – 297 – 1138

Web:https://www.westcoastpoke.com/

Twitter @WestCoastPoke ‏

Instagram @westcoastpoke

 

2nd Place

{105 points}

Steve’s Poke Bar

Steve’s Traditional Poke

Price: $15

Created by: Steve Huynh

Description: Ahi is the prominent fish used in Hawaii. Our Poké is marinated in Hawaiian spices, Steve’s Shoyu & Spicy Mayo sauces made in house that stems from Hawaiian influence and family tradition, tossed with green onions and sesame seeds, served on a bed of hot rice sprinkled with furikake seasoning. Traditional, original, Hawaiian Poké served island style.

Ingredients: 4 Scoops of Ahi Tuna Poke (2 Shoyu, 2 Spicy) served on white rice sprinkled with Furikake, fresh green onions, roasted sesame seeds and Shoyu sauce drizzled around the bowl.

Offered: All the time

Steve’s Poke Bar

SFU

8931 Cornerstone Mews, Burnaby

Tel: (604) 559-7653

Web: https://www.stevespokebar.ca 

Instagram @stevespokebar

and

Steve’s Poke Bar

Guildford

4A 9965 152 St, Surrey

Tel: 778-394-POKÉ(7653)

Web: https://www.stevespokebar.ca

Instagram @stevespokebar

Steve Huynh

3rd Place

{100 points)

Poke Five

Akuma Tuna

Price: $13.50

Created by: Chef Nik Lim

Description: We are bringing fire with the Akuma Tuna Signature Bowl from Poke 5! Nested on foundation of sushi rice & our signature citrus kale base –  Hand cut cubes of succulent Ahi tuna are dressed in a sweet and tangy Teriyaki Mayo paired with spicy kimchi and a soft boiled free range egg marinated in a classic soy shoyu sauce. The entire bowl then gets flame kissed with a blow torch to bring some smokey caramel flavours to the party!  An intense sauce of matcha & wasabi gets drizzled on top with a generous helping of tobiko & fresh avocado. Akuma means demon in Japanese; If it tastes this good to be evil- why be good?

Ingredients: Ahi tuna, Sushi rice, citrus kale, Teri-mayo, Matchsabi-aioli, Kim-chi, Green onions, Shoyu-runny tea egg, Wasabi/Regular Tobiko, Avocado

Offered: all the time

Poke Five

2247 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 336-4528

Web: https://www.pokefive.com/

Instagram @thepoke5

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Poke creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Steve’s Poke Bar

Steve’s Traditional Poke

Price: $15

Created by: Steve Huynh

Description: Ahi is the prominent fish used in Hawaii. Our Poké is marinated in Hawaiian spices, Steve’s Shoyu & Spicy Mayo sauces made in house that stems from Hawaiian influence and family tradition, tossed with green onions and sesame seeds, served on a bed of hot rice sprinkled with furikake seasoning. Traditional, original, Hawaiian Poké served island style.

Ingredients: 4 Scoops of Ahi Tuna Poke (2 Shoyu, 2 Spicy) served on white rice sprinkled with Furikake, fresh green onions, roasted sesame seeds and Shoyu sauce drizzled around the bowl.

Offered: All the time

Steve’s Poke Bar

SFU

8931 Cornerstone Mews, Burnaby

Tel: (604) 559-7653

Web: https://www.stevespokebar.ca 

Instagram @stevespokebar

and

Steve’s Poke Bar

Guildford

4A 9965 152 St, Surrey

Tel: 778-394-POKÉ(7653)

Web: https://www.stevespokebar.ca

Instagram @stevespokebar

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

The Hoke Poke

L’a Nesuto

Price: $12.95

Created by Hoke Poke Team

Description: Ahi tuna and Atlantic salmon are mixed with fresh green onions, sweet onions, cilantro, jalapeños, crispy onions and Furikake. Tossed with our signature Chef’s Special sauce and topped with crispy shredded seaweed, a quail egg and Flaming Hot Cheetos. Yum!

Served with side scoops of guacamole, pickled ginger, imitation crab meat and seaweed salad, served on a bed of white rice.

Offered: all the time

The Hoke Poke

1824 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 564-8885

Web: http://www.thehokepoke.ca/

Instagram @thehokepoke

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Pacific Poke

The Main Beet

Price: $14

Created by: Chef Ryan Mah

Description:

Ingredients: Spicy Ahi Tuna, Wild Sockeye Salmon, Crab & Shrimp, Shaved Cauliflower, Seaweed, Gingered Golden Beets, Avocado & Jalapeño Dressing

Offered: all the time

Pacific Poke

625 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-5304

Web: https://www.thepacificpoke.com/

Instagram @pacificpokeofficial

and

Pacific Poke

2151 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel:604-620-1080

Web: https://www.thepacificpoke.com/

Instagram @pacificpokeofficial

And

Pacific Poke

#2-4461 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby

Tel:604-620-9308

Web: https://www.thepacificpoke.com/

Instagram @pacificpokeofficial

Thank you to all the chefs, restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their poke on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Poke creations! See all the Poke creations here.

By: Richard Wolak