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Delicious Mongolian Rice Bowl Recipe


What makes rice such a great and wonderful dining room staple is its versatility. From spicy food like kimchi fried rice to a creamy treat such as rice pudding, rice can be a great addition to any meal. If you’re craving a savory, spice-filled dish that transforms your home into a 5-star restaurant, look no further!

The Mongolian-style rice bowl is a tasty dish that uses different spices such as soy sauce and red chili flakes to create a spicy yet savory meal. It’s so easy to make and absolutely addicting—you’ll want to make it every night for yourself or for when you have friends and family over! You can top it with beef or for this vegetarian-friendly recipe, some tofu.


The Mongolian Rice Bowl is an Asian-style dish, but these ingredients aren’t hard to find at all. In fact, you might already have these wonderful spices in your kitchen cupboards. 

Here are all the ingredients you’ll need to create the perfect rice bowl:

For the sauce:

  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp. ginger
  • 2 tbsp. brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp. sesame or peanut Oil
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch and 2 tbsp. water
  • Water
  • Red chili flakes (to taste)
  • Sesame seeds (Optional)
  • Hot sauce

For the vegetables (julienned):

  • 1 tbsp. Sesame oil
  • 1-2 red chilis
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Bell peppers
  • White onions
  • Tofu
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce/cabbage
  • Spring onions


Prepare rice that’s good enough for 3-4 bowls. While it’s cooking, you can start working on your Mongolian sauce:

STEP 1. Using 2 tsbp. of cold water, dissolve your cornstarch. Set this aside.

STEP 2. In a sauce pan, heat 2 teaspoons of sesame or peanut oil then add garlic and ginger to saute on medium heat. 

STEP 3. After a few seconds, mix in the soy sauce, brown sugar, and red chili flakes. Eyeballing it, add water into the pan—around a cup. Boil for 2-3 minutes then remove from the stove.

STEP 4. Give your sauce a taste test and make some minor adjustments if needed.

STEP 5. Once your rice is done cooking, divide it into 3-4 bowls. Divide the sauce accordingly, too. Add in your veggies and spices, taste test, make some adjustments, and you’re done!

Whether you’re craving Asian cuisine or you’re on the hunt for the next easy and healthy comfort food, this Mongolian Rice Bowl is an amazing dish to give a try. Trust us, this is one meal you’ll be raving about for days—you’ll want to be cooking for friends and family all the time! If you’re looking for something simpler, check out this recipe for egg fried rice.

Of course, you can’t underestimate the role rice plays in this savory dish. To make sure you’re cooking it the best way, take a quick peek at our guide to the best rice cookers.

Hui Yin

Hui Yin moved from Hong Kong 🇭🇰 to the USA 🇺🇸 when she was just 8 years old. Now in her late 20's she enjoys writing and taking long walks in the park to burn off the copious amounts of rice she eats for dinner.

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