Asian Bowl: My New Favorite Dinner

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Asian Bowls are my answer to an easy, delicious, make-ahead dinner. You can mix and match the ingredients however you like for an asian bowl– and it’s always amazing.

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Asian noodle bowl with fixings

A few months ago my friend Jessika and her family were visiting for a few days. Needless to say, with an extra three people every meal needed to feed a crowd. Moms wanted to visit, but kids wanted to eat, so we cooked. And had a blast.

As Providence would have it, the weather didn’t cooperate with my meal plan one night. And it turned into one of the happiest accidents of my life!

I had hoped to make Summer Rolls which are amazing — except in the high heat and humidity of summer. I know from experience that Summer Rolls are not amazing when it’s too hot and humid; they disintegrate.

I had all the ingredients, so we made deconstructed summer rolls instead. Turns out this is a meal Jess and her family have often, but they call them Asian Bowls. And this is the moment that Carrot Ginger Dressing entered my life.

Now, I love Summer Rolls with a fierce passion, but I may never make them again since I love Asian Bowls so much. I mean, SO MUCH.

It’s all the fresh, crunchy goodness with less work! Plus, you can assemble these Asian Bowls days in advance and enjoy them whenever or wherever you like. No matter the weather.

I’ve put them on weekly rotation at our house, and always try to make extra ingredients so that I can assemble extra Asian Bowls to enjoy for my lunches. They are amazing dolloped with generous amounts of Carrot Ginger Dressing and a drizzle of sriracha. Yum-O!

How to make an Asian bowl

Making an Asian noodle bowl is easy! You want to season and cook your chicken. You can do this on an outdoor grill or an grill pan inside.

While the chicken is cooking you can assemble your Asian bowl ingredients: noodles, cabbage, carrots, water chestnuts, bell pepper, cucumber, scallions, cilantro, and sauces.

The best part? You can allow your family, friends, or whoever is dining with you to assemble their own bowls.

And leftovers should be good in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 4 days.

containers of fixings for asian noodle bowls

You can use whatever ingredients you like in your Asian Bowls, but I’ve narrowed it down to this amazing round-up: grilled chicken, rice noodles (or rice), shredded cabbage, sliced cucumber, julienned red pepper, sliced water chestnuts, chopped scallions and cilantro, and shredded carrots. Don’t forget the Carrot Ginger Dressing and the sriracha.

How to make this Asian bowl recipe good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

How I make this recipe easy:

This recipe really couldn’t be easier than it is, but having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.

Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:

5 from 1 vote
Asian Bowls
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Asian Bowls are my answer to an easy, delicious, make-ahead dinner. You can mix and match the ingredients however you like -- and it's always amazing.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: asian, noodle bowls
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • salt pepper, and garlic powder
  • 8 ounce package maifun rice noodles also marked rice vermicelli, softened according to package directions
  • small head cabbage thinly shredded
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 8 ounce can sliced water chestnuts drained
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into matchsticks
  • 1 large English cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch scallions chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro chopped
  • one batch Carrot Ginger Dressing
  • other optional sauces: soy sauce sriracha, sweet chile sauce
  1. Heat an outdoor grill or grill pan. Season the chicken generously with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Grill the chicken until cooked through and the juices run clear. Allow the chicken to rest until cool enough to handle. Chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Assemble all the Asian Bowl ingredients: chicken, noodles, cabbage, carrots, water chestnuts, bell pepper, cucumber, scallions, cilantro, and sauces. Allow diners to assemble their own bowls.
  3. Leftovers should be good in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 4 days.



About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Brighid says

    Have you or any reader found water chestnuts that are grown in the US? I’ve been trying eat more locally and buying something that has been literally shipped across the world is just less appealing.

    I love this idea and will be putting it on the menu this week!

    • I’ve been busy trying to find affordable water chestnuts, I haven’t really considered where they’re coming from. :/ Sorry.

    • Alice E says

      You might try substituting something else crunchy, maybe jicama. It is crunchy without the strong flavor that something like radish would add.

      • Brighid says

        That’s a great idea! I’ll try jicama.

  2. Kim A says

    Looks yummy; I’ll be trying this soon since fall seems to be shy about making an appearance. A variety we like: sub water chestnuts, scallions, and chicken with sugar snap peas, mint, and shrimp. Make dressing of 4 tbls lime juice, 3 tbls fish sauce, and 4 tsps chili-garlic sauce.

  3. Debramarie says

    this looks delicious. I think it would made a delicious soup as well assemble exactly the same omit the dressing and add boiling hot miso ginger flavored broth. cover with a heavy plate for a couple minutes top with scallions soy sauce and a dash of hot sauce.

  4. Delilah Moran says

    5 stars
    I really enjoyed this and the carrot ginger dressing! This was very affordable and easy to make.

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