Our best breakfast bowl recipes with eggs for savoury breakfast bowls for eggs lovers, include tonkatsu fried rice with onsen eggs, the Japanese donburi rice bowls oyakodon, the ‘chicken and egg rice bowl’, and katsudon, a Japanese pork cutlet cooked in eggs and spring onions, served atop a bowl of rice, and a couple of our East-West fusion breakfast bowls.
If your idea of a breakfast bowl is a Buddha bowl or acai bowl, you’ve come to the wrong place, sorry. But if you’re a lover of savoury breakfast bowls then look no further – I’ve pulled together a little collection of our best breakfast bowl recipes with eggs for you.
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Best Breakfast Bowl Recipes with Eggs – Savoury Breakfast Bowls for Egg Lovers
Our best breakfast bowl recipes with eggs for lovers of savoury breakfast bowls.
Turmeric Rice Porridge Recipe with Fried Egg
My gently spiced turmeric rice porridge recipe with fried eggs in chilli oil makes another of our best breakfast bowl recipes with eggs, even if I do say so myself. This is not an authentic recipe, but one of my own inventions inspired by our many years living in Southeast Asia and eating countless bowls of rice porridge.
In China, traditional congee garnishes include ingredients such as pickled vegetables, bamboo shoots, century eggs, and preserved fish, while in Southeast Asia, they can include crunchy fried garlic, spring onions, slithered ginger, pickled vegetables, sliced omelette, and ground peanuts.
My comforting bowl of Southeast Asian inspired rice porridge brims with flavour and texture, thanks to eggs fried in homemade chilli oil – I use this adorable mini fry pan and do one egg at a time; they’re super fast, but feel free to use a large fry pan or skillet and use egg rings – as well as an array of garnishes, including fresh fragrant herbs such as coriander and dill, spring onions, crunchy pan-roasted peanuts, sliced green chillies, crispy fried shallots, and a sprinkle of chilli flakes. A squirt of homemade Sriracha also works.
It’s not only deliciously filling, it’s healthy due to the turmeric. Used in traditional medicine in Asia for thousands of years, turmeric is a key ingredient in Southeast Asian spice pastes, soups, stews, and curries. Turmeric contains curcumin, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve depression and anxiety. More recipes with turmeric here.
Katsudon Recipe for a Japanese Pork Cutlet and Egg Rice Bowl
Another popular Japanese donburi or rice bowl meal, katsudon consists of a crunchy tonkatsu, a Japanese pork cutlet, cooked in eggs and spring onions, served atop a bowl of rice and sprinkled with slices of scallions. It’s another one of our best breakfast bowl recipes with eggs.
The name ‘katsudon’ is derived from ‘katsu’, which means ‘cutlet’ – a breaded piece of pounded meat dipped in flour, egg and bread crumbs (in Japanese cooking, it’s panko breadcrumbs) before being fried – in this case, ‘tonkatsu’ (pork cutlet), and ‘don’ from ‘donburi’, Japanese rice bowl.
Like oyakodon, katsudon is a delicious, comforting and filling dish that can be eaten for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. When it comes to cooking katsudon, there are different methods for making what is essentially the same dish.
Some restaurants top katsudon with extras such as finely sliced ginger, an egg yolk, some Japanese chilli powder, or a big squeeze of Japanese mayonnaise, but we find that there’s a good balance of flavour in this katsudon recipe as is.
Oyakodon Recipe for a Japanese Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl
Published as part of our Weekend Eggs recipe series of quintessential eggs dishes from around the world, this easy oyakodon recipe makes one of our best breakfast bowl recipes with eggs. This Japanese chicken and egg rice bowl consists of silky-soft scrambled eggs with sweet spring onions and tender chicken simmered in dashi, served atop a bowlful of steamed Japanese rice.
A comforting, filling dish, oyakodon – which means ‘parent and child bowl’; ‘parent’ being the chicken and ‘child’ the egg – is a popular donburi or ‘rice bowl’ meal. A generous topping is placed on a bed of rice in a bowl. In Japan, donburi is an affordable fast-food lunch or dinner for students and workers, as much as a comforting home-cooked meal and perhaps the most quintessential of Japanese comfort foods.
You’ll need to hunt down some bonito flakes and kombu to make the dashi stock. This is not negotiable, otherwise it’s not oyakodon. Also source some shichimi togarashi – a blend of seven spices with chilli as a base – to sprinkle over the top of this dish. One of the most popular brands of Japanese togarashi is S&B brand.
There are specially-made oyakodon pans to cook this dish in and there are some examples on Amazon. We use a 15cm pan to make this oyakodon recipe as we find the bigger size makes a rice bowl that is far too filling for us. Chefs in Japan just slide the eggs into the bowl in one motion, but we find a silicone spatula is essential to help it on its way.
Pad Krapow Omelette Rice Bowl Recipe for a Thai Donburi
Our original Thai pad krapow omelette rice bowl recipe makes what we’re calling a Thai style donburi. Like pad krapow or pad kra pao, stir-fried basil and ground meat served with rice and a fried egg, it’s an affordable workers fast-food meal
Eggs are usually involved in Japanese rice bowls – typically served soft-scrambled atop the rice – as they are with Thai pad krapow, where a fried egg is often plopped on top of the dish.
Thai pad krapow, also written as pad kra pao, is a Thai street food dish of stir-fried basil with ground pork, chicken or beef, that’s served alongside steamed rice. While the egg is optional, it’s a popular choice and a must as far as we’re concerned.
Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Congee Recipe
Rice porridges are probably the most widely consumed type of savoury porridge, eaten not only in Asia, but also in Europe and the Middle East – from Portugal to Turkey, The Levant to Taiwan – yet they might just be the most ubiquitous in Asia.
Originating in India – in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, plain rice porridge is called kanji, which comes from the word for ‘boiling’ – China is perhaps the country we most associate with rice porridge or congee, although I’d wager that most Asian countries have a congee.
Our hearty bacon and eggs breakfast congee recipe makes a comforting East-West savoury rice porridge that’s inspired partly by the classic Australian breakfast of bacon and eggs with sautéed mushrooms, and partly by Chinese and Southeast breakfast porridges with pork and boiled eggs, and we reckon it’s another of our best breakfast bowl recipes with eggs.
You will need a mortar and pestle to lightly pound the lemongrass, ginger and garlic a few times, just enough to release the aromas, not to make a paste.
Tonkatsu Fried Rice with Onsen Eggs Recipe
Terence’s tonkatsu fried rice with onsen eggs recipe makes yet another of our best breakfast bowl recipes with eggs. It combines a few of the things we love – fried rice, eggs and tonkatsu, the succulent Japanese pork cutlet breaded in panko crumbs and deep-fried.
Like the original Chinese fried rice that was invented to use leftover rice, this tonkatsu fried rice with onsen eggs recipe is the delicious result of experimentation and combining leftovers. We had a couple of pieces of tonkatsu and some steamed rice in the fridge and Terence had been getting creative with onsen eggs.
You will need a carbon steel wok for this dish and if you make fried rice often and don’t yet have one, then this is a good excuse to buy one. Once seasoned, the wok heats fast and has great heat distribution, so when it’s on really high you get that lovely smoky aroma in your final dish.
You’ll also need this tonkatsu recipe to make your tonkatsu and tonkatsu sauce before you make this tonkatsu fried rice with onsen eggs dish.
Please do let us know in the comments below if you make any of our best breakfast bowl recipes with eggs, as we’d love to know how they turn out for you.