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Poke @ OC Costco (Tustin, The District)

Didn't know that they carried ahi poke at Costo until I ran into one today at Costco at The District in Tustin. There were 4 varieties: shoyu, wasabi, spicy & limu. At $17-18/lb, we picked up the wasabi and spicy (pic 1 & pic 2, respectively). The Costco guys who rang up our purchases were raving about the spicy; personally I preferred the wasabi. These were Costco quality good, if pricey. The chunks were much larger than I prefer, but Mr OCAnn liked 'em hefty. Not sure if it's a special or a seasonal thing, so get them while they last!

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  1. I like to eat it with some warm rice and toasted seaweed.

    1. They started doing this on weekends since April, I believe.

      1. Yeah not bad. I did not like the huge pieces either. I prefer the poke at dry dock more though.

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        1. re: A5 KOBE

          Didn't know Dry Dock carried poke...will try it out. Thanks!

          1. re: A5 KOBE

            What's the pricing at Dry Dock like? I think I'll swing by this week to check it out. Thanks!

            1. re: attran99

              I am not really sure of the actual price per lb of poke, it comes in a container ranging in price. Most are around $8-$10. For the pricing of the fish, it is high but the fish is very high quality. Mahi is around $17/lb and king salmon is about $22/lb. Halibut is in the 30's.

              1. re: attran99

                So I stopped by Dry Dock on the way to work this morning (they open @ 07:00). It's $14/lb for the ahi poke, $16/lb for the salmon. The label says it was packed today; I tasted them both and found flavouring to be good, but mild. I'll let them sit for a while and let it marinade...if I don't finish them in the next hour.

                 
                 
                  1. re: OCAnn

                    supporting a local purveyor that's cheaper costco is a full win+win IMO. kudos.

                    1. re: OCAnn

                      I got the ahi poke from Dry Dock at the Fullerton Farmers Market last Thurs and also thought it was mild when I wound up eating it late Friday. Added a little wasabi and it helped a lot.

                      I thought the pieces in that were pretty large, were the Costco pieces considerable bigger?

                      Liked the poke better than their fish ceviche but want to try the octopus salad next.

                      1. re: JRSD

                        My Dry Dock poke ranged in size from a half to a full domino. The Costco poke were cubes (domino folded in half)--really too thick to be pleasant, but I guess I could cut it in half to make it easier to eat.

                        Flavour-wise, I'd go with the Costco version. If convenience is a factor (since DD is in my neck of the woods), I'd go w/DD. And when I went this morning, I didn't see any octopus salad, so thank you for the heads-up. That'll be next! =D

                        EDIT: FWIW, I ate the 1/2 pound salmon poke for b'fast. Knowing that it was in the work-fridge was just too tempting. Ahi poke will be tonight's app; though a quick tasting of it now didn't reveal an increase in flavour since this morning.

                        1. re: OCAnn

                          Per their website they now have "Asian Abalone Salad". Sounds like a trip to the storefront is in order!

                          Have you tried the smoked tuna salad?

                          1. re: JRSD

                            Not yet, I'll put it on my shopping list!

                            1. re: JRSD

                              So I took quick bites of the abalone ($20/lb), octopus ($13/lb) and smoked tuna salads ($8/lb) I picked up today. All three were just okay, with the octopus the clear winner (but all just really in the range of good). The abalone, unfortunately was a bit sour. The octopus was good, but the chunks were too small (perhaps to make it a bit less chewy), but there were too many ingredients for my preference (cilantro & ginger fighting for attention). And the smoked tuna salad (yogurt & mayo), while in the middle of the three, was solid, I realised that I'm not a big fan of it. But if you like smoked tuna, this might be the ticket.

                              Oh, they also pickle their ginger in-house. Quite the delicious potent stuff.

                              If you're going to DD, I'd stick to the nice selection of whole seafood or the poke salads.

                               
                               
                               
                              1. re: OCAnn

                                Thanks for the tip. I'm headed over there tomorrow morning. Can't wait to try it all.

                                1. re: OCAnn

                                  Thanks for the report. Missed the FM today so was going to head over tomorrow. Doesn't sound like the octopus is for me but will give the tuna a try. I enjoyed their lox as well but would like to try it with a better quality bagel.

                    2. Isn't Costco about value? $18/lb for poke from a warehouse store is oddly expensive.

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                      1. re: TonyC

                        poke's about value too, putting the smaller scraps of ahi to good use...here it looks like using the big parts which start out pricier too.

                        I've seen it at dry dock too hounds and need to try it. I did do up the fresh ahi there for some gorgeous simple sashimi. Bet their poke is good.

                      2. Is that the only LA area Costco that carries it? I'm in the SFV and would love to get some for DH -- he loves poke! Tustin's a bit far for me...

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                        1. re: boogiebaby

                          Tustin is the only location doing this. We live in L.A. county and drove down one day to try it out. I like the spicy and the shoyu versions.

                          1. re: attran99

                            I have friends in the South Bay that have bought poke at the Costco - Torrance.

                            1. re: buttdrunk

                              Does anyone know if the Torrance Costco is selling poke still? I'm hoping to get out there this weekend if they are to pick some up for DH and the kids!

                              1. re: boogiebaby

                                I know the Irvine/Tustin location does not have it anymore as of this week. Maybe it was a summer thing?

                                Or maybe they were just sold out?

                                1. re: A5 KOBE

                                  They had them the wknd prior (Sun 11/02/14). When we asked about it, the Costco guy said it was such a popular item, that they expect to carry it for as long as possible, but it may stop without notice....