Soboro-Don(そぼろ丼): Ground Chicken Rice Bowl

Soboro-Don(そぼろ丼): Ground Chicken RIce Bowl
Soboro-Don(そぼろ丼): Ground Chicken RIce Bowl

There are some things that take time and efforts to make and taste / look great; and  others that are easy to make but still taste / look great. Soboro-Don – the Japanese rice bowl made with eggs, ground chicken and green vegetables is the latter.

This recipe is definitely idiot-proof: simple ingredients, and simple instructions.

The point of the dish is the contrast of colors and textures brought by the three main ingredients: the silky soft scrambled eggs, the tender and meaty chicken, and the crunchy fresh snow-peas. It doesn’t require a lot of chewing as all the ingredients are cut into tiny pieces. The flavor is sweet, savory and gentle without any spiciness.

Soboro-Don(そぼろ丼): Ground Chicken RIce Bowl
Soboro-Don(そぼろ丼): Ground Chicken RIce Bowl

Main Ingredients

  • 0.2 lb ground chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 0.1 lb snow peas
  • cooked short-grain rice

Seasoning

  1. [Chicken]
    • 1 tbs soy sauce
    • 1.5 tbs mirin
    • 1 tbs cooking wine / sake
    • 1 tsp fresh ginger (grated)
  2. [eggs]
    • salt
    • 1 tbs mirin
  3. [snow peas]
    • salt
  4. [others]
    • vegetable oil
    • toasted sesame seeds (if desired)

Instructions:

  1. Cook chicken
    • Mix well soy sauce, Mirin, sake and grated ginger.
    • Place ground chicken in a pot and add the seasoning mixture.
    • Heat the chicken over a low to medium heat.
    • Stir using a whisk to make sure the meat won’t stick together.

  2. Scramble eggs
    • Beat eggs in a bowl, add salt and Mirin, mix well.
    • Coat frying pan with oil.
    • Make scrambled egg over low heat.
    • Stir using a spatula to break the scrambled egg into small pieces.
  • Blanching snow peas
    • Slice snow peas into thin and short strips.
    • Boil a pot of water, add salt and snow peas.
    • Remove after few seconds when the color starts getting more vibrant.
  • Assembly
    • Place the chicken, eggs and snow peas over a bowl of rice, top with sesame seeds if desired.
Soboro-Don(そぼろ丼): Ground Chicken RIce Bowl
Soboro-Don(そぼろ丼): Ground Chicken RIce Bowl
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