Poke is really popular in certain areas. I live in Gardena and this area (Torrance, Gardena, Lomita) has one of the largest Japanese American communities in the U.S. and a large Hawaiian community. You'll see prepared poke at almost every Japanese market in this area. You can also find Ogo, red salt, Huli Huli sauce, Portugese sausage, Poi, Lau Lau, etc. at most Japanese markets in my area.My parents came of age during the 1950's. They were the children of parents of the great depression. Frugal is probably the best word to describe them. Growing up, my parents would purchase half a cow, spend most of a Saturday, breaking it down, wrapping it up, and storing it in the freezer. I'd love to have the the butchering skills of this generation. There was no part of an animal that went to waste.
One summer my parents had stuffed the freezer with 1/2 a cow. Shortly there after we went on vacation. While we were on vacation, somebody broke into our house. They emptied the freezer and stole everything but the tripe!
In Hawaii, tripe seems to be enjoyed by the locals. I was at a high school basketball game, in Hana on Maui, the announcer listed all the items at the concession stand, which included tripe soup.
Sam Choy, gave the local news paper a recipe for tripe poke. Poke is the Hawaiian word for cut. Poke typically is made out of sea food, usually Tuna, but it is also made out of shrimp, octopus and crab. I'm surprised that it has not caught on in the states.
Isn't there a Pho Ha also, I always get them confused. Lotta good places to eat down there between the Pho, taqueria's and the few remaining Italian joints. Man, now I gotta get down there for lunch on of these days. Next time your in that area check out the South Philly Taproom or Royal Tavern, 2 really good gastropubs if you never been to them.I'm in Philly as much as I can be. Pho Hoa on 11th Street,and the Tacqueria across from Geno's is where I go to get my TRIPE ON!
My Mexican grandfather was a Huge fan of menudo and from what my Mom says, he cooked a serious mean brew of it. Unfortunately, as life would have it, I never got this from him. God bless Grandpa.Tripe is a prime ingredient in a classic Mexican Menudo. If you've had a good Menudo you will probably like it. I wasn't a tripe fan but when I moved to El Paso in the 90's but I vowed to try all kinds of Mexican food. Like most ethnic peasant cuisines they know how to cook guts. I'm still not a big tripe fan but I'll jump on a steaming hot bowl of Menudo.
Heh...ugliest food? You clearly did not have a dad who was a butcher (not a meat cutter) and made..... headcheese. ;-)I've eaten dim sum once and I'd eat it again although it really didn't taste like much. I've also eaten tripe in an Italian dish that my neighbor got from an Italian restaurant in Newark. That was pretty good. The only thing about tripe as far as I'm concerned ... it has to be the ugliest food item I think I've ever seen.