Dealer Joe’s Smoked Salmon Poke Bowl

Trader Joe's Smoked Salmon Poke Bowl

It has been practically two years since Pokemon Go launched, and now there’s lastly a Pokemon-themed seafood and salad bowl out there at TJ’s. Go Staff Intuition! Wait. What? You say this has nothing to do with the wildly in style augmented actuality recreation that 39-year-olds ought to completely not be ashamed that they play on the common?

Apparently, poke (POH-keh) bowls are pronounced just like the primary a part of “Pokemon,” however truly pre-date the entire Japanese pocket monster craze by a couple of centuries. Additionally, they’re native to Hawaii. I am going to admit I’ve no earlier poke bowl expertise. I’ve heard the time period and been vaguely conscious of poke bowl joints right here within the Philly space, however have not made it into one but. I do, nonetheless, get pleasure from salads in addition to sushi, so…I ought to love this product, proper? Let’s dive in.
I am going to prevent my traditional spiel about Dealer Joe’s and salmon and easily state that there is no means this product would have labored with nasty salmon. Happily, this smoked salmon sushi was superior. I realized from Anthony Bourdain that sushi is not essentially presupposed to style “contemporary,” however that generally it has been frozen sooner or later, and will boast an umami taste that fish straight from the ocean won’t ever have…or one thing like that. I am no knowledgeable. However this salmon was scrumptious. It was smoky, flavorful, and contemporary not overly funky. Actually, it was one of the best a part of the bowl.



The pickled veggies labored nicely right here, mixing with the fish, dressing, and rice seamlessly. They added tang and zip, however didn’t overpower any of the opposite parts within the bowl. The dressing was good, too. It was very skinny, with a texture comparable to conventional soy sauce—but it surely had a fragile ginger taste with only a trace of citrus.

The worst a part of the bowl? The rice, just because there was an excessive amount of of it. I like brown rice simply effective, but it surely was the least attention-grabbing factor within the bowl. Sonia thought the rice could have even been a bit undercooked. For $5.99, you’d assume they may throw a bit extra fish our means, together with extra unique veggies and dressing. However the bowl was crammed with rice. Earlier than I combined the substances, there was a big “brick” of rice all wadded collectively on the backside of the bowl. Simply out of curiosity, I checked out a close-by poke place’s menu to match costs. Seems to be such as you will not discover something beneath $9 there, and most merchandise are extra like $10-$13. Could not inform you if the serving sizes are comparable or not.



One other destructive: the packaging is somewhat clunky and overdone. It is troublesome to open up the lid with out jerking the salad rapidly, sending greens and fish flying throughout the desk. Likewise, the dressing is available in its personal cup coated with a plastic movie and desperately needs to be spilled because it’s unsealed. And there is yet one more little baggie stuffed with miniature seaweed strips, which, to be honest, was fairly easy to open, however nonetheless appeared considerably pointless. I suppose we do not need soggy seaweed.

In abstract, we have been each pleasantly stunned with the general taste of the bowl, however we’ve got a couple of reservations. I am sure somebody with extra poke-experience (no, not Pokemon Go XP) will chime in and provides us their opinion within the feedback under. If poke bowls weren’t a factor, and this have been just a few random distinctive salad that Dealer Joe’s supplied, I feel I would throw out 4 stars for creativity and nice style. Understanding this can be a centuries-old custom with lots of of eating places popping up everywhere in the nation and providing their tackle the dish, I really feel tragically underqualified to present an correct rating. However ultimately, I am gonna go together with my intestine. 4 out of 5 stars from me. Three and a half from Sonia.

Backside line: 7.5 out of 10.