I can finally say that I’m ready to take a break from braising and roasting – at least for a bit. The sun is shining here in Boston and there are only a few inches of snow left on the ground. After a long grueling winter, the first sunny days of spring are pure happiness and joy! Here’s a delicious recipe for you with a bright sunny egg on top, that will allow you to spend minimal time in the kitchen and enjoy maximum happiness and joy at the dinner table.
The rice bowl concept is one that I love: a well composed assortment of wonderful ingredients – a mini smorgasbord – all tucked into one little bowl.
The ground beef is the nucleus of the dish – with all the intense flavors of soy sauce, sugar, chili paste, and garlic. The fresh bok choy and rice are healthy and great alongside. The crowning touch is the fried egg on top.
If you like heat, as I do, add a splash of Sriracha. Enjoy!
- For the Sauce
- 2½ teaspoons sugar
- 2½ teaspoons Thai chile paste (I like the Thai Kitchen Roasted Chili Paste)
- 2½ teaspoons Thai fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce (low-salt is fine)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 medium cloves)
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- For the Stir-Fry
- 2 tablespoons canola or grape seed oil, divided
- 12 ounces ground beef
- 3 small baby bok choy, cut lengthwise into quarters
- 4 large eggs
- 2½ cups cooked brown or white rice
- Optional Garnish
- Sriracha hot sauce
- Note: Make the rice ahead or reheat 2½ cups of leftover rice.
- Make the Sauce: Whisk the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Cook the Stir-Fry: Heat a large cast-iron skillet or wok over high heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil; swirl to coat. Add the beef to pan. Stir-fry 2 minutes or until beef is no longer pink. At this point I like to briefly remove the pan from the heat, tilt it, and spoon out some of the rendered fat from the pan but this step is optional. Add the sauce to the pan. Stir-fry for 30-40 seconds. Scrape the meat mixture into a bowl and tent with foil to keep warm.
- Add 1½ teaspoons oil to pan. Add bok choy and stir-fry 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Place on plate with beef. Tent with foil.
- Wipe pan clean with a paper towel. Heat remaining 2½ teaspoons oil in pan over medium heat; swirl to coat. Crack eggs, 1 at a time, into pan; cook 2 minutes. Cover pan, and cook 1 minute longer or until the whites are set and eggs are cooked to your liking.
- Divide rice, beef, and bok choy among 4 bowls. Top each bowl with a fried egg. Serve immediately, garnished with Sriracha, if you like.