How to design your own grain bowl
DID YOU NOTICE the recent popularity of grain bowls this past year? It’s being touted online as the go-to weeknight meal that makes dinner a “no-brainer”. It’s so simple that Food52 isn’t even providing a recipe for it! But here in Singapore, grain bowls bear a striking resemblance to our local everyday hawker fare: economy rice (菜饭). Grubstreet even published an article titled “Congee is the original grain bowl”. For our newest outlet at GSH Plaza, we’re offering a wider range of grains, grills and greens for you to design a grain bowl you would enjoy. And you can do it in just four simple steps. Think of it as a tasty upgrade from your usual 菜饭 lunch. Let’s begin.
Step 1: The base – Grains or greens
[Pictured: our Garlic Black Rice, Char Siew and a sous vide egg]
First things first, build your bowl by focusing on the grains (or greens) as a foundation. For a hearty bowl, we recommend choosing one of our 4 warm bases. They’re made of – surprise, surprise – grains: quinoa & dhal, goji brown rice, soba and garlic black rice. For something a little lighter, we suggest selecting our greens: romaine lettuce or baby spinach.
What we love: we’ve got our eye on the Garlic Black Rice. On top of its garlicky flavour, we love that it offers a bit of bite.
Step 2: The Protein Deli
[pictured: our belly pork char siew with sous vide egg on top of soba]
If you were building a sandwich, now’s the time to think about the juicy, meaty filling. And just as we revamped our all-day dining menu to focus on proteins, we’re highlighting them here in our Protein Deli options. Our selection of warm proteins include our lemon salmon (glazed with lemon butter), honey garlic thyme chicken, our delicious char siew (with hoisin sauce) and our spiced falafel patties.
What we love: it’s hard to deny our yummy belly pork char siew, but for a vegetarian option, we’d pick our spiced falafel anytime.
Step 3: 4 picks of veggies/crunchies
Now it’s time to build up your bowl. At this stage, feel free to pile on your favourite veggies, from blanched broccoli and sweet cherry tomatoes to crunchy Japanese cucumber or the ever-popular avocado. If you’d like a little crunch, pick from our heart-healthy chia seeds or sunflower seeds.
What we love: for obvious reasons, we find ourselves choosing a 63° sous vide egg. It has the perfect texture: medium-set whites and a runny yolk. When in doubt, put an egg on it!
Step 4: Dressing
Finally, top off your grain bowl with our selection of homemade dressing. We make ours fresh daily, without preservatives and we use 50% less fat compared to regular dressings. To match your grain bowl, choose from Yuzu Mustard and Orange Wholegrain Mustard to the simpler Olive Oil or Balsamic Vinaigrette. More options are available in-store!
We’ve opened our newest store at GSH Plaza, formerly Equity Plaza, opposite Prudential, along Cecil Street. Visit us at #01-05 where we’re offering our current meal of choice (Grain Bowls!) and specialty coffee from Workspace Espresso Bar. Find out about opening specials by following us (@cedelesingapore) on Facebook or Instagram. See you there!