I wanna poke this all night long.
I’ve seen a ton of stuff about Poke Bowls over the last year. And one way of doing it as a vegan is to turn a watermelon into raw tuna.
In all honesty I thought that’s going to be disgusting but at least it will photograph pretty for the ‘gram. BUT I WAS WRONG BECAUSE OF SCIENCE! Here’s how you do it. Keep in mind the watermelon will need HOURS to prep so this isn’t a quick dish in that sense.
For the watermelon:
-3 tbls soy sauce
-3 tbls seasoned rice vinegar
-1 tsp sesame oil
-3-4 cups cubed watermelon
For the sushi rice:
-2 cups jasmine rice
-2 1/2 cups water
-1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 tbls organic sugar
For the bowl:
(Veggies are your choice so you can swap for different things.)
-1 radish sliced thinly
-1/4 avocado per bowl sliced thinly
-1/4 cucumber diced
-1/4 cup of broccoli sprouts
-1 green onion
-rice seasoning for garnish and added flavor
-vegan sriracha mayo
With the right filter watermelon already looks like raw fish. BAM YOUR DONE! not…
First combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil into a shallow bowl whisking it together a bit. Then cube your watermelon and add it to the bowl giving it a bit of a toss. Cover it and let it refrigerate for at least 1 hour and although I’ve heard up to 4 hours I left it in the fridge for about 6 and it was totally fine.
When your watermelon poke is ready spoon it out into a hot pan and sauté it until the water has evaporated but not caramelized. Take it back out and put it into the fridge for about an hour.
I use an Instant Pot for my rice. I LOVE my instant pot. Because I don’t know how to use it like a pro but magically if I just combine the right ingredients and press say the RICE button…I get perfect rice. If you do not own one you can do this on the stove it just may take more time. Start with combining the water, sugar, and rice vinegar in the pot till the sugar has dissolved. Make sure to thoroughly rinse your rice prior to adding to the pot. Once everything is mixed together I just put on the lid and press the RICE button. After about 10-12 minutes it’s done. I then release the steam and wait a few more minutes. After it’s finished fluff it up and get ready to plate your bowl.
Now to slice and dice your veggies. This part you can have fun with and don’t have to use the ones I chose to.
I took the sushi rice and created almost a basket to hold the watermelon poke in. Then surrounded it with all the veggies and using the scallion to top the poke.
I garnished with the rice seasoning and then added some sriracha mayo…which I did a crap job of trying to make it look pretty as you can see below….
Obvi not a professional.
It’s REALLY f$%*ing good! Honestly, surprisingly good. I also think if you can prep your watermelon in the morning, giving it that extra time to soak up the sauce is helpful. The watermelon’s texture and flavor really change. It tastes like raw fish tossed in a sweet eel sauce. I loved it. Hope you get a chance to try it and if you’ve had it before leave your comments down below!