Best grain bowls in Singapore
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Gym junkie or not, the grain bowl fad is real and are a lot more flavourful than what its name might suggest. While catering to the calorie-conscious looking for a clean and nutritious post-workout option may have been its initial intention, gone are the days where chicken thighs or sautéed prawns were the most appetizing add-ons to choose from. Today, a whole spectrum of contemporary grain bowls exist for differing priorities, and with options like beef bulgogi to roasted eggplant with miso butter, nutrition no longer comes in boring packages.
So, where do you find Singapore’s best grain bowls? Depending on your goal for the day, here are three options that will satisfy every kind of palate out there.
Currently the only dediated protein salad bar for eastsiders, Harvest offers a classic spread that can go as clean as your discipline takes you. Running on a take-out concept, a basic Harvest box comes fully customisable with a grain or salad base, three sides, a sous-vide protein, one topping and a dressing. Protein options here range from chicken breast to Norwegian salmon fillets, and the sides are of a familiar selection that includes onsen eggs, roasted pumpkin, corn kernels and shimeiji mushrooms. Do opt for the truffle parmesan crumble topping for a little treat — they're delightful and pack in familiar flavours. If you're into macro-calculations, you'll be happy to know that all protein at Harvest are prepared sous-vide, where each protein is individually sealed and cooked in a temperature-controlled water bath, retaining essential vitamins and minerals to make this the perfect post-gym recovery treat.
81 East Coast Road, Tel: 8715 1625
Ninja Bowl came to our shores at the height of the grain bowl evolution a couple of years ago, and still remains a sophisticated alternative that will please the adventurous. Straying away from the standard pick-and-choose lunchbox concept, each bowl is a rich, unique concoction of its own. Try the Ushi, one of Ninja Bowl’s bestsellers, which offers a combination of truffle-infused karubi beef with Japanese sweet potatoes and an onsen egg. Willing to spare a few calories? Try their more decadent options — the Hokkaido is served with a tempura-battered fish fillet and soft shell crab that is paired with a homemade chilli crab sauce for a winning combination in our books. The vegetarian option is no less exciting— the Geisha is a veggie-stacked bowl of cherry tomatoes, honey-spiced roasted chickpeas, cabbage slaw and eggplant roasted with miso butter. While these bowls start out carb-free, you can get your carb fix with add-ons such as Orzo pasta or Ninja Rice at an additional cost. You might be forking out a few more coins at this one, but for what its worth, it will be a grain bowl experience like no other.
15 Duxton Road, Tel: 6222 8055
Missing a little bit of that Asian spice? Head to DoSiRak for a hearty rendition of the Korean takeaway box. Packaged in easy to-go tubs, these shake bibimbaps recall classic Korean flavours with both the modern and traditional in mind. For a taste of familiarity, opt for their best-selling beef bulgogi bibimbap in a sweet barbecue marinade. What’s a grain bowl without a little eye-catching twist, though? DoSiRak’s contemporary riffs on the classics include the soy citrus salmon bibimbap, a ceviche-like interpretation of hwedupbap (a Korean sushi bowl), as well as the avocado and sweet potato bibimbap. You’ll be glad to know that recipes used here omit the common modern shortcuts of corn syrup, MSG and excess oil, using instead natural flavours for a guilt-free indulgence. And with all of this coming under a waistline-friendly 500 calories, even health-conscious yogis and HIIT hitters can down this tub without a sliver of guilt.
#01-44 Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way, Tel: 6536 6034