asian-inspired rice bowl

I really can’t overemphasize how important it is to have a collection of simple dishes in your repertoire when you’re concentrating on doing more cooking at home. If you’re able to make an easy meal without a recipe or elaborate ingredients, you will be less likely to grab a takeout menu. Not that I don’t love takeout. I really do. But, when you’re working toward a simpler, more frugal existence frequent takeout might not be in line with your goals. This Asian-inspired rice bowl is a perfect go-to for any time you’re craving Asian takeout.

Constructing Your Bowl

The first step is to poach a couple of eggs. My method is simple: put water and a splash of vinegar into a saucepan, bring to a simmer, crack two eggs into the water, cook for about 3 minutes. If you have more time and are looking for perfectly beautiful eggs, check out Alton Brown’s method

Next, heat some rice. I always have Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice in my freezer. It’s ready to serve in about 3 minutes using the microwave. It’s perfect for us since we don’t use rice that often and I’m often looking for a single serving. If you use a lot of rice, consider a rice cooker so that you can always have some on hand. You can also cook a batch ahead of time and freeze it for later use.

Finally, put it all together. Add the eggs to the rice and then dress as desired. I usually add chopped scallions, soy sauce, and sriracha. Not a fan of spice? Try hoisin instead of sriracha. Need something heartier? Add cabbage, broccoli, carrots, or any other veggies that appeal to you!

This Asian-inspired rice bowl is simple and flexible. You can add many different things to tailor it to your tastes. This is the way I like it, but I’d love to hear how you prefer your rice bowl!