In this week’s episode of Dining on a Dime, host Lucas Peterson visits the Kalihi neighborhood of Honolulu, just north of downtown, to track down what he’s heard is some of Oahu’s best poke. The destination is Alicia’s Market, which opened as a wooden shack in 1949 but is now a full-service mom-and-pop store and prepared foods counter.
Poke — a raw, sashimi-grade fish salad often dressed with sesame oil and shoyu — originated in the Pacific islands, but is having a serious moment in the mainland United States, as well as around the world. At Alicia’s, Peterson samples a few of the varieties sold by the pound, which employ ahi, salmon, and even white crab as bases. What began as a way to waste less fish is now a major selling point for Alicia’s, and one that Peterson loads up on before heading to the beach to eat.