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Former Wok King owners open Poke Bowl restaurant in Meridian

Customizable bowls of raw fish are on the menu at Poke Bowl, along with Asian food such as kung pao and mandarin chicken.
Customizable bowls of raw fish are on the menu at Poke Bowl, along with Asian food such as kung pao and mandarin chicken. Poke Bowl

Raw fish fans are hungrily anticipating Paddles Up Poke, which plans to open this spring in Downtown Boise.

But if you don’t want to wait for a customizable bowl of the Hawaiian-style dish? Head to Meridian.

Poke Bowl restaurant plans to open today at 2970 N. Eagle Road, suite 101. It’s a new venture from the former owners of Wok King Chinese Restaurant, which burned down on Boise’s Broadway Avenue in 2014.

Poke Bowl head chef and owner Yuen Tung Lau ran Wok King with his wife for 28 years. Many of their customers’ old favorites at Wok King will return at Poke Bowl. But the focus will be bowls of poke (pronounced “PO-kay”), which will cost $10 (small), $12 (regular) and $15 (large).

“You get to choose your size of bowl, base, protein, sauce and topping,” according to a Poke Bowl press release. “They will be offering three sizes to choose from, three different bases, eight different protein choices, six different sauces including a gluten-free option, and more than 10 different topping choices. Poke bowls will consist of pieces of fresh fish tossed with your choice of sauce and toppings on a bed of rice or fresh mixed greens.”

“In addition to the poke bowls, they will also be serving teriyaki bowls, the best hot and sour soup around, side dishes such as fried spring rolls and pot stickers, and many more one-of- a-kind Asian dishes you can’t find anywhere else in Idaho.”

Poke Bowl is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

If you go today, be aware: It’s cash only. From the Poke Bowl Facebook page: “Unfortunately, we still have not got our phone and internet up. We will only be able to accept CASH until further notice. No credit or debit cards and no personal checks. Sorry for the inconvenience. We are working hard to fix the problem.”

Online: facebook.com/pokebowlmeridian.

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