EAT This Week: Poke Rok’s Kahuna Poke Bowl |

EAT This Week: Poke Rok’s Kahuna Poke Bowl

Rob Galloway

To try and decide each week where and what to eat around the basin can be a challenge – there are so many amazing choices. In this feature we’ll dive into dishes that will surely satisfy those hunger pangs and leave you wondering where to go next.

Poke Rok’s Kahuna Poke Bowl
Rob Galloway/ Tahoe Daily Tribune

If the sheer amount of snow we’ve seen lately in Tahoe has you clamoring for warmer days and sandy beaches, this week’s dish has aloha spirit vibes written all over it – a perfect winter counterbalance.

You could probably slide a “Big” right ahead of Kahuna Bowl in the name and it would be more representative of what you get. This dish is massive – especially if you opt for the three scoops of protein. Let me break it down.

The protein options (you get your choice) consist of sashimi quality ahi tuna, spicy tuna, salmon, shrimp tempura, or ebi shrimp. Those scoops are placed on a bed of rice (or salad) and if you think we’re already approaching the extra-notch-on-your-belt territory, just wait.

Each bowl also comes with a traditional Hawaiian marinate of toasted sesame oil and soy, surimi crab, cilantro, red onion, edamame, seaweed salad, cucumber, green onions, furikake, ginger, and tempura crunch. Then comes the frosting on the cake: yum-yum and sweet teriyaki sauces.

The flavors in this dish literally come at you in waves. Which one you decide to ride is ultimately up to you, but I guarantee you’ll find the right combination that suits your taste buds best. Whether it’s the creamier yum-yum with salmon and the coolness of the cucumber, or the sweet and saltiness of the teriyaki that ever so delicately penetrates the ahi, you can’t lose.

The tempura crunch yields super textures throughout and any of the vegetables you decide to swipe along the way provide a most suitable shotgun rider for each bite.

For those of you parents who are drooling over a dish like this but think you can’t take your kids because they won’t eat it, don’t worry. They have plenty of kid-friendly options, including a Hawaiian lei that’s sure to bring them a smile. Why should you sacrifice great food for your parental obligation to put food in their bellies? Ok, not really – but you know what I mean.

Poke Rok is located at 4125 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Unit 1 in South Lake Tahoe. For menu and additional information visit them online at or by phone at 530-578-0319.



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