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A Quick Rice Bowl

It’s the usual scenario when I sit in front of my computer after a light breakfast checking on my favourite food blogs. I melt easily over the beautiful and vibrant pictures of food. Many inspiring posts pop on over table times to times. But there are some particular posts that when I got my eyes on, I wouldn’t be able to stop thinking about it until I cooked and ate them. So when I spotted my eyes on the picture of rice bowls in A Little Yumminess blog this week, I know I have to make them immediately.

It was about noon when I changed my lunch menu completely. I stuffed the homemade tortillas inside refrigerator and took some bok choy and minced lamb out instead. My goal was to serve sizzling sweet and savoury minced lamb, slightly tossed bok choy in sesame oil and some spicy cucumber salad over the bowls of hot rice.

Making rice bowl is never difficult at all. All you need is a fresh ingredients and a good wok. Quickly toss slices veggies in smoking hot wok with a little bit of oil and seasoning them with some soy sauce and white peppers give the right texture to the result. I love my bok choy to be slightly tender and still crunchy, so when we bite it, the natural sweet juice would splash out in my mouth. I use the same pan to cook everything, one by one, and transferring them to the mountain of hot rice.

A Quick Rice Bowl

Ingredients: (2 servings)

2 Servings of cook rice served in the bowls

100 gm minced lamb

200 gm bok choy- sliced into 2 inches long

2 tsp minced garlic- divined

2 tbsp light soy sauce- divided

1 tbsp dark soy sauce

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp oyster sauce

Ground white pepper to taste

1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tsp sesame oil

2 fried eggs


  1. Heat sesame oil in the large wok over the medium-high heat. When the oil starts smoking, add 1 tsp of mince garlic and stir for a quick second.
  2. Add bok choy, half of light soy sauce and a pinch of ground white pepper. Toss bok choy for about 1 minute or until it becomes slightly tender. Transfer stir fry bok choy to the bowls of rice. Arrange it to one side and keep space for stir fry minced lamb.
  3. Briskly wash the same pan, or you can use another pan. Heat vegetable oil over the medium- high heat and sauté the remaining garlic until aromatic.
  4. Add minced lamb, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar and white pepper. Stir fry the lamb continuously for 5 minutes or until the meat become tender and cook thoroughly. Add about 1 cup of water and cook further so the sweet, savoury gravy will gave the nice moisture to the rice.
  5. Transfer stir fried minced lamb to rice bowls and top with some fried eggs. You may add some salad or Kim chi to the side as desire. Serve hot.

I loved how the steam of rice and quick stir fries oozed up the dish constantly as we dug in. The rice was warm and tender, soaking up every delicious juice drenched from the minced lamb. Bok choy still felt really fresh and crunchy while it slowly disappeared above out tongues. Rice bowl is quick, instant and very adaptable… that’s why there will be definitely more of this coming along this winter.


23 comments to A Quick Rice Bowl

  • Quick rice bowl but sure a delicious one, remains me of the Korean bimbimbap although the egg is broken on top of hot rice before serving and digging in.

  • That sounds very nice. You know, I’ve never cooked with bok choy although I like it when I get it in restaurants. Stir frying it sounds like a great idea.

  • Kiri W.

    This looks wonderful! I love Korean-type rice bowls, where you can choose to go flavor by flavor or mix it all up as you dig into the rice. 🙂 Wonderful recipe!

  • Love it! I love bok choy and lamb! together they are a rockstar!

  • Yum! It reminded me of babimbap as well!

  • yummy bolw, love the bok choy, lamb and oyster sauce

  • What a gorgeous rice bowl! Lamb and bok choy – YUM! And then to top it with a fried egg – I’m going to have to make this one! Beautiful pictures Tes!

  • kankana

    inspiration is everywhere and blog hop always helps! This surely looks lovely and the egg is fried to perfection.

  • What a hearty lunch Tes and so prettily presented.
    🙂 Mandy

  • a perfect bowl of yummylicious meal, lamb and bok choy is rocking combo and loved the fried egg on it

  • SO pretty! it looks like this would be a great one dish meal!

  • Looks delicious! I’m not used to lamb being served with rice, maybe I should try that some day 🙂

  • Patty

    This looks so good…and easy to prep…my husband melted when I showed him the photo…and begged me to try it…

    Thank you for making him happy!!!

  • Val

    What a fantastic looking rice bowl. I love the way you took inspiration from another blog and created your own dish. Rice bowls are incredibly inspiring. Think I’m going to forget about my lunch plans and make one too!

  • Reem | Simply Reem

    Look at this bowl of goodness…
    Love each and every ingredient in it…
    Beautiful photography..
    I am so going to try this

  • Ana

    Yummy is right!! I’ve been dying to get a wok — any tips? And thanks for sharing- can’t wait to try it!

  • I like your rice bowl. Looks totally delicious

  • Kamalini

    Hi Tes, your recipes are always simple yet delicious.
    I’m a Vietnamese recently move to India with my husband. I’ve been trying many type of rice but unable to find something similar to vietnamese or thai rice. I used to cook thai jasmine rice when I was in UK but here in Orissa I’m yet to find any replacement.
    I wonder if you could give me some guidance on rice type. And also if you are able to buy thai rice and sticky rice please share the contact i would ask my friend to get it from Pune and procure it to my place.

    • Tes

      Hi Kamalini 🙂 I find Kolam Rice (Surti Kolam) most familiar to the rice we used to in Thailand. The grain is not long, and when cooked doesn’t become dry. I think this rice is available throughout India. You might find it in Orissa as well. Wow, Orissa, how is the place? Do you have access to all Southeast Asian ingredients there?

  • Kamalini

    Thanks Tes for your quick reply :). I’ll see if it’s available in local market.
    Abt Orissa, unfortunately, it’s quite a backward state with very few expats. The local has not develop a taste for international cuisine yet hence the lack of ingredients and spices for my cooking. I was able to brought some from home but as you know our cooking rely a lot on fresh herbs and most of them are not available.
    My mouth was watering so much when I saw your recipe for fish with dill. Are all these herbs available at your place? I’m planning to get seeds from home and plant it in our garden. Hope it will grow despite my hopeless skill in gardening 😀

    • Tes

      Wow! You have a place to grow things there? I live in an apartment so I have a very limited space for gardening 🙁 Most of South East Asian ingredients are available in Pune. Things like kaffir lime leaves, lemon grass, galangal, etc. are available at the special markets. Fish sauce, curry pastes, and different type of condiments are also very easy to find here. Are there a supermarket like Star Bazaar or Big Bazaar near to your place There’re some useful ingredients and herbs there. I love Vietnamese food, and I try to make it sometimes at home. My kid loves a big bowl of Pho, and my husband adores a savory rice pancake stuffed with chicken and bean sprout. If you have a yummy recipe for Pho, please share with us sometimes 🙂

  • Kamalini

    Sorry Tes, i’m not at all a good cook and those simple thing that i managed quite well was pork which is not available. Other than those, I always have street food and takeaway. That’s the reason now i’m spending lot of time to research and experiencing on recipes to create those taste.
    You are so lucky that all those ingredients are available. Here in Balangir, it is difficult even to have access to some commonthings such as mayonaise and lemon grass. Hence my attemp to plant some fresh herb. Then i would be able to try your thaifood recipe. You wont believe that the most watering dish that i see in your website is the fried rice with shimp paste. shrimp paste is now on top of my purchase list :))
    I’ll definitely share Pho recipe once i master in it. For now I think you are better than me 😛

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