Armchair-travel with us to beautiful Hawai`i, where the newest Disney resort is getting ready to open in late August in Ko Olina on the island of O`ahu. We recently got a sneak peek of the stunning resort, and a visit with Chef Patrick Callarec, who graciously showed us his secrets to making tuna poke (PO-kay), one of the signature dishes at the resort’s `AMA`AMA – Contemporary Island Cooking restaurant. (For a quick lesson in Hawaiian, `ama`ama [ah-mah-ah-mah] is a fish abundant in the waters surrounding O`ahu.)
Every chef in Hawai`i has their own version of this popular sashimi dish, seasoned in many variations. Chef Patrick shows you his version made with locally sourced seasonings, while our recipe offers a style that is created with easy-to-find ingredients.
You also can taste tuna poke at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, where the new Hawai`i Marketplace will feature this version. Made with the freshest sushi-grade tuna, it takes just a couple of minutes to toss together this taste of Hawai`i.
Are you planning to visit Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa? Chef Patrick invites you to come experience the newest Disney resort!
Serves 6 as an appetizer
1 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons yuzu juice
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, plus additional for garnish
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon wasabi powder
1/8 teaspoon sugar
2 pounds fresh sushi-grade tuna, cubed
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Favorite prepared seaweed salad, for serving
- Whisk together soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, yuzu juice, lime juice, garlic, sesame seeds, vinegar, wasabi powder, and sugar in a large bowl.
- Add tuna to mixture and toss to coat. Season with pepper, to taste. Refrigerate 5 to 10 minutes.
- Place a bit of seaweed salad in the bottom of a small dish. Top with tuna and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.
Cook’s note: Yuzu is a sour Japanese citrus fruit you can purchase in some supermarkets and in Asian grocery stores. If you can’t find it, substitute 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1 tablespoon orange juice.