Egg rolls in a bowl

“Egg Rolls in a Bowl” is a popular dish that deconstructs the classic egg roll, placing all its tasty fillings into a bowl without the wrapper. It’s essentially a stir-fry featuring the ingredients typically found in egg rolls. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started:


  1. 1 lb ground pork (or chicken, turkey, or beef)
  2. 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  3. 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 tablespoon ginger, freshly grated
  5. 4-5 green onions, sliced
  6. 1 small head of cabbage, shredded
  7. 2-3 carrots, julienned or shredded
  8. 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari (for a gluten-free version)
  9. 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce (optional)
  10. 1 teaspoon Sriracha or chili sauce (adjust according to your spice preference)
  11. Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Brown the Meat: In a large skillet or wok, brown the ground pork over medium-high heat, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks. Once fully cooked, remove the pork from the skillet and set aside.
  2. Sauté Veggies: In the same skillet, add the sesame oil. Add the garlic, ginger, and white parts of the green onions. Sauté for a minute or two until fragrant.
  3. Add Cabbage and Carrots: Add the shredded cabbage and carrots to the skillet. Stir-fry for 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. You want them to be slightly crunchy and not overly soft.
  4. Combine: Return the browned pork to the skillet. Stir in the soy sauce, hoisin sauce (if using), and Sriracha or chili sauce. Mix everything well and cook for another 2-3 minutes until everything is heated through.
  5. Serve: Transfer to bowls and garnish with the green parts of the sliced green onions. If desired, you can also top with more chili sauce, sesame seeds, or even fried wonton strips for added crunch.
  6. Note: This recipe is quite versatile. You can add other vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, or snap peas if you like. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference. Enjoy your deconstructed egg roll!

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