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.
- 0.2 lb ground chicken
- 2 eggs
- 0.1 lb snow peas
- cooked short-grain rice
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- 1.5 tbs mirin
- 1 tbs cooking wine / sake
- 1 tsp fresh ginger (grated)
- 1 tbs mirin
- [snow peas]
- vegetable oil
- toasted sesame seeds (if desired)
- 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.
- 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.
- Place the chicken, eggs and snow peas over a bowl of rice, top with sesame seeds if desired.