Thanksgiving Leftovers: Asian Rice Bowls

Thanksgiving Rice Bowl

 

Here we are with Lisa Yokota on KTVU's  "Bay Area People" turning Thanksgiving leftovers into a yummy Asian-inspired rice bowl. Click the photo to see the segment.

Here we are on KTVU’s
Bay Area People” turning Thanksgiving leftovers into a yummy Asian-inspired rice bowl.

Right now, everyone has Thanksgiving on the mind and we are already thinking about how to transform the main Thanksgiving meal into something entirely different.  We love cooking large quantities of food anyway and changing them up into a new dish the next day (or over the next few days).  Naturally, Thanksgiving is the perfect vehicle for that.  For us, I think, the holiday meal is really more about the “leftover challenge” versus the main day’s feast.  Plus, we love taking traditional leftover Thanksgiving goodies to a different part of the world and turning them into “an around the world adventure.”  Check out two of our blog posts from the years past – the first on “Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Goes Global” and the second which was about hosting a “Global Thankgiving” with dishes inspired by different cuisines from around the world.  This year, we have vegetarian family members in town and are hosting a vegetarian Thanksgiving potluck.  I can’t wait to see what we end up with on Thanksgiving day and beyond.

Our kids love rice bowls and they also love the idea of designing their own rice bowl.  The possibilities with Thanksgiving and turning what’s left of your Thanksgiving meal into a rice bowl are endless – you can stir-fry combinations of leftovers, make spiced potato patties with leftover mashed potatoes, dress leftover salad with an Asian vinaigrette and so on.  For these rice bowls, pull out all your Asian condiments, sauces and seasonings and let your imagination run wild!  Below is just some inspiration to get you started.

Toppings

  • Teriyaki-glazed turkey (recipe below)
  • Flash-fried brussels Sprouts with Oyster Sauce Glaze (recipe below)
  • Oi Sobagi / Korean quick cucumber pickle (recipe below)
  • Bean sprouts, blanched and drizzled with sesame oil
  • Diced Avocado
  • Crispy Shallots
  • Chopped Peanuts
  • Chopped Herbs (mint, cilantro)
  • Poached, fried or soft Boiled Egg

We recently taped this recipe for the show “Bay Area People”, here’s a link to the video segment on KTVU:

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A Global Thanksgiving

global Thanksgiving_A Little Yumminess

Clockwise from top left: Squash Gratin with Poblanos and Cream; Dad’s Nor Mai Fan; Sichuan Dry Fried Green Beans; Austrian Linzer Torte

I love the idea of Thanksgiving and the deliciousness that surrounds the holiday.  However, we also love breaking from tradition and preparing an elaborate Thanksgiving meal that captures some of favorite global cuisines.  We have done an Indian vegetarian Thanksgiving, a Mexican inspired meal and Middle Eastern delights from Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbooks.  This year we have a vegetarian Southeast Asian feast coming up – green beans with flakes coconuts, Indonesian sayur lodeh (a coconut based vegetable curry), stir-fried Asian greens, tempeh and some sambal to give it that special kick.  As for desserts we may go traditional, because who can resist a good pumpkin or pecan pie with some creamy ice-cream.

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