NOLA has a new source for poke, the Hawaiian raw fish salad bowls, now that Poke-Chan is open on St. Claude Avenue, reports Gambit. Poke-Chan is owned and operated by four women — three of whom are sisters — who have all logged serious time in the industry.
Lien, Loan and Susan Nguyen are sisters; they were born in Vietnam and immigrated to the States, and they’ve lived in New Orleans for a while now. They met Dalena Vo while they were all working at N7. The four have been developing the Poke-Chan concept for over a year, relays Gambit, and they traveled to Hawaii for what was surely very tasty research.
Poke-Chan, like many other poke shops, is fast casual — customers order at the counter and create their custom meal, choosing from bases of rice or greens and choosing toppings like fish or tofu, plus sauces and garnishes.
Eater NOLA has been closely following the expansion of Poke Loa, the homegrown local mini-chain, which already boasts a handful of locations throughout the city as well as in Metairie. Poke Loa opened its first location on Magazine Street earlier this year, in February. Poke has been particularly popular in nearby Houston — and it looks like the craze is truly now expanding into The Crescent City.