Egg Roll In A Bowl | Chinese Fake-away Recipe

egg roll in a bowl

Satisfy your cravings for the delectable flavours of an egg roll with minimal effort in this egg roll in a bowl recipe. This Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe brings together chicken, red onion, beansprouts, shredded carrot, and cabbage, seasoned with a simple mix of soy sauce, Chinese 5 spice, and pepper. It’s a speedy and low calorie take on a classic Chinese dish that you can whip up in no time. This recipe uses “the rule of 5 handfuls” which you can learn more about below.

What is an egg roll?

Originating from Chinese cuisine, an egg roll is a beloved culinary creation known for its savoury filling encased in a thin, crispy wrapper. In England, a similar delight goes by the name of pancake rolls. These rolls typically consist of succulent meats, vegetables, or a combination of both, expertly wrapped in a thin pancake-like casing. The English adaptation shares the crispy exterior and flavourful interior, offering a delightful twist on the traditional Chinese egg roll. Additionally, the miniature counterpart to both egg rolls and pancake rolls is the spring roll—a bite-sized version filled with the same delicious ingredients and enveloped in a delicate, flaky wrapper. Whether you’re indulging in the hearty egg roll, savouring the English pancake roll, or enjoying the bite-sized delight of a spring roll, each variant showcases the culinary ingenuity inspired by diverse cultures and flavours.

What makes this egg roll in a bowl so healthy?

Packed with lean protein from the pre-cooked chicken and an array of colorful vegetables, this Egg Roll in a Bowl offers a nutritious option without sacrificing taste. The addition of beansprouts provides a satisfying crunch, while the soy sauce and Chinese 5 spice infuse the dish with a burst of authentic flavor. Enjoy a guilt-free, speedy feast that aligns with your health goals.

Do you have a diet restriction?

This egg roll in a bowl recipe is:

  • Low Fat
  • Nut Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Paleo friendly
  • Syn Free

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What is the 5 handfuls rule?

I have no idea where I learnt this method but I’ve been using it when making stir fry recipes for years. When you’re cooking with a lot of vegetables or other ingredients that reduce in size as they cook it can be very tricky to accurately judge how much to cook. Similar to the ‘enough pasta to feed an army’ conundrum. For as long as I remember when I’ve cooked stir fry’s I’ve used the 5 handfuls of food rule. It’s pretty self explanatory: 1 handful of one ingredient, 1 handful of another ingredient and so on. The caveat to this is that it only works if you have 4 types of vegetable a maximum of 1 protein or ingredient that wont reduce, so if it helps you understand, technically its the 4 handfuls of vegetables and 1 handful of something else rule. If you add noodles to your stir fries, you will also have to account for this, I would recommend a small handful of noodles to replace 1 handful of vegetables. Oh and that’s all per person, so if you were cooking for 4 people, you would need a total of 16 handfuls of vegetables and 4 handfuls of protein or noodles. Hopefully that makes sense!

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Step 1: Stir Fry the egg roll in a bowl

This egg roll in a bowl recipe is so quick and easy, it only has 2 steps. Heat your wok over high heat; we’re aiming for a quick and sizzling stir-fry. If you include oil in your diet then place a spoonful in the wok to heat up now, if like me you have to avoid oils you can add a splash of water when cooking to avoid anything sticking. Toss in the pre-cooked chicken, red onion, beansprouts, shredded carrot, and cabbage. Keep it simple and stress-free; no need for intricate preparations. Grab a spatula or tongs and keep the ingredients moving. The high heat ensures a speedy cook, giving the vegetables a delightful crisp and warming up the chicken.

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Step 2: Season the egg roll in a bowl

After 3-4 minutes, season the mix with 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 1/2 tsp of Chinese 5 spice, and 1/4 tsp of pepper. The simplicity of these seasonings enhances the dish’s authentic Chinese flavours. Your egg roll in a bowl is complete. Serve hot and savour the fusion of textures and tastes. Each bite offers a delightful combination of crunchy vegetables and succulent chicken, showcasing the authentic flavours of this Chinese fake-away recipe. You can add this egg roll in a bowl recipe to your list of healthy and low calorie Chinese recipes ready for the next time your craving Chinese take out!

egg roll in a bowl

Egg roll in a bowl variations:

Add your own twist with these creative variations:

  1. Swap chicken for tofu for a vegetarian alternative.
  2. Introduce a handful of sliced mushrooms for an earthy flavor.
  3. Mix in quinoa or brown rice for added texture.
  4. Add chopped broccoli for extra crunch and nutrients.
  5. Experiment with different spice blends to suit your taste preferences.


Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

While technically possible, it’s important to note that reheated or frozen Egg Roll in a Bowl may compromise its delightful texture, resulting in a potentially soggy consistency. This dish cooks up so quickly that making it fresh is highly recommended to fully enjoy its crispiness and vibrant flavours.

Can I freeze leftovers of this recipe?

Freezing is an option, but be cautious as the texture may not be as enjoyable upon reheating. Given the swift preparation of this dish, it’s best enjoyed freshly made for optimal taste and texture in every bite.

Can I substitute the soy sauce?

Opt for reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari for a healthier option, ensuring a flavourful yet balanced taste without excessive salt. Tamari is also gluten free and as a result I opt for this more often than not.

Can I use pre shredded veggies?

Absolutely! Save time with store-bought shredded cabbage and carrots, maintaining the convenience without compromising the overall quality of the dish. Just make sure the ingredients aren’t frozen.

How do I make my egg roll bowl spicier?

A dash of sriracha or red pepper flakes will give it a spicy kick without compromising authenticity, enhancing the flavour without sacrificing the delightful texture of your Egg Roll in a Bowl.

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egg roll in a bowl

Egg Roll In A Bowl | Chinese Fake-away Recipe

Savour the authentic taste of our quick and easy Egg Roll in a Bowl, a Chinese-inspired delight without the need to make ahead. Enjoy the flavours!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 1
Calories 300 kcal


  • 1 handful cabbage shredded
  • 1 handful carrot shredded
  • 1 handful beansprouts
  • 1 handful red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 handful chicken breast cooked
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • ½ tsp Chinese 5 spice
  • ¼ tsp black pepper


  • Add all the vegetables and chicken to a hot wok with a slash of oil or water. Stirring regularly, fry the egg roll bowl mixture for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add in the seasonings and soy sauce and stir for a further minute before serving.


Calories are approximate.

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