1.5 years ago, our puffle journey started at The Sugar Market – Wickham; due to its popularity, we brought it to Southside Bistro in order to continuously create new flavour combos for our beloved customers. Around the same period is when the idea of a poké bowl bar with unique flavoured condiments and marinades started brewing. It has taken longer than expected to launch our dream poké & puffle bar with a few obstacles along the way.
Today, we are excited to announce our new adventure, Hello Mister Frankie – Poké & Puffle Bar @hellomrfrankie, it has finally opened its doors in the heart of Fortitude Valley, on Brunswick Street Mall. We believe that as puffles are a Hong Kong creation, we wanted the condiments to reflect this heritage. This led to us to bring snacks and sweets from our childhood that would create a nostalgic feeling. We have always been passionate about food, with flavour being at the heart of all that we do. We want to stay true to ourselves and our vision and not conform. You can be sure we’re always going to try to express ourselves through uniqueness and flavours. We understand that not everything we do will suit everyone, but we certainly hope that our palettes match.
A poke bowl is based upon raw marinated fish, typically Ahi or Yellowfin tuna, that’s cubed and layered up with a satisfying serving of sticky rice and power-packed pickles. But, before you go thinking it’s just sashimi or ceviche in a bowl (it kind of is), look to the USA for confirmation that there’s more to it. In NYC, for example, trendy veggie alternatives such as cauli rice and zoodles are used as base layers.
Fun fact – poke (pronounced “poke-ay”, in case you were wondering) gets its name from the food prep. Poke means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian. Apparently, most people know that poké is a Hawaiian national dish but few know that it was ‘invented’ by fishermen, who would season the cut-offs from their daily catch (Pohkay) whilst sat on their boats, and eat them. Cool.
Puffle, aka an egg waffle is a spherical egg-based waffle popular in Hong Kong and Macau, and is an eggy leavened batter cooked between two plates of semi-spherical cells. They are originally served hot, and often eaten plain, but we have stepped up the game and made a creation with yummy gelato, topped with your choice of sweet goodies.