A hearty rice bowl can do wonders for your energy, productivity, and not to mention, your mood. You wouldn’t want to be hangry for even just a minute. With the right kind of ingredients and Asian sauces, you can prepare delicious and filling meals for the whole week in just an hour or two!
What Kind of Rice Should I use For my Asian Rice Bowl?
While there are plenty of grain options like quinoa, brown rice, or cauliflower rice, white rice is the way to go when doing an Asian recipe. We recommend using jasmine rice because it’s easy to prepare, refreshingly fragrant, mildly sweet, and deliciously filling.
Alternatively, you are also free to use instant white rice that you can pop in the microwave for just 3 minutes. Not to worry, the CJ microwaveable rice bowl is made from high quality rice and fresh water, so those who don’t have the luxury of time can still have a satisfying meal that tastes good!
How to Prepare An Asian Rice Bowl?
Essentially, a complete and healthy Asian rice bowl will have rice, protein, and veggies. But the key to making it great is in the sauces you put. With an arsenal of flavorful Asian sauces in your pantry, you can prepare hundreds of rice bowl recipes of different taste profiles that you can enjoy for days on end!
Here’s a basic step-by-step guide in doing meal prep:
1. Cook your rice.
Rinse your jasmine rice with clean water so you can bring out its fresh taste and bright white color. Once you’ve drained out the dirty water, level the rice in a pot and soak it in water. The Asian way to do it is by sticking your index finger at the surface of the rice and make sure the water reaches the first line. Let the rice cooker do it’s magic!
If you’re doing it via your stovetop, bring the water to a boil and lower the flame until all the water is absorbed by the rice. Fluff your rice and cover for another 10-15 minutes until texture is to your liking.
2. Prepare your meat and veggies.
Anything goes when you’re prepping your meat and veggies! If you want something that cooks quickly, remains protein-rich, and versatile enough for any kind of recipe, you can opt for chicken breasts, beef or pork strips, ground turkey, or prawns.
For your veggies, you can stir-fry carrots, broccoli, string beans, or even set aside some greens as garnish to your rice bowl.
For a boost of deeper, richer, and spicier Asian flavors, we recommend preparing your meats and vegetables with a dash of Kadoya Sesame Oil and a heaping of spicy pastes.
Bake it, fry it, grill it, steam it-- it’s your rules!
3. Incorporate your choice of Asian Sauce
This is where the fun’s at! Your choice of Asian sauce can have your plain rice bowl tasting like mom’s homemade dish. Here’s a couple of Asian rice bowl recipe ideas that you can start with:
Broccoli Beef Rice Bowl
When in a Chinese restaurant, it’s almost mandatory to get some broccoli beef. We’ve got good news. While most of us are still isolating in our home, there’s a ready-to-serve Lee Kum Kee Broccoli Beef Sauce that you can conveniently add into your homemade beef rice bowl. It’s just as good as what you pay for in a restaurant, if not better!
Teriyaki Rice Bowl
Kikkoman’s ready-made Teriyaki Sauce is tastefully infused with sesame, ginger, soy sauce, and mirin that you can use as a marinade and stir-fry sauce. Grill your beef strips or chicken breasts with this sauce then layer it on top of some steaming white rice. Garnish it with some sesame seeds for a complete dish that looks and tastes exquisite!
Tempura Rice Bowl
The Japanese-favorite tempura is commonly prepared with a batter made from flour, eggs, and water. For that iconic crunchy texture, dip your prawns into the batter then coat it with some Kikkoman Panko. Line up your deep-fried tempura around your rice bowl and have some ready-made Kikkoman Tempura Dipping Sauce ready on the side.
Bibimbap is a Korean dish that stems from the term bibim, meaning “mixing ingredients”, and bap, meaning “rice”. It’s the epitome of an Asian rice bowl!
Chop up some carrots and dried seaweed in thin strips, fry an egg, grill your beef, and add a dollop of Chung Jung One Sunchang Gochujang or doenjang. Line all of them around a bowl of warm rice and you’ve got yourself a beautiful and colorful bowl of bibimbap that’s ready to be mixed and finished in a snap!
The possibilities are endless! We have a wide selection of Asian sauces for your choosing, so you can prepare your rice bowls of every kind. Remember, you’re in control! We’re just here to help you have your fill of delicious and easy-to-cook Asian food.