Have you ever come across a single dish that was so full of flavour and excitement that you did not need any other? A dish that ticked all the boxes – flavourful, tasty and, more importantly, filling. While the fun of eating out is getting to order different things and trying them out, sometimes all you really need is that one dish to fill you up and satisfy all your cravings. We thought long and hard and had many meals till we finally came up with a few dishes we think work fantastically as a one pot meal.
Khow Suey at Cafe at the NCPA - Restauranter Farrokh Khambata started his first restaurant called Joss and single-handedly made khow suey a household name. This curry-like broth (served with noodles, meats or vegetables and a bunch of condiments) has become his signature dish and, when the restaurant shutdown and – years later – moved across town to reopen in a brand new avatar, patrons were disappointed to not see it on the menu. It is, however, available at Café at the NCPA, which is another one of his restaurants, and is proudly featured on the menu as JOSS Khowsuey so old patrons remember that it really is the real deal.
Chorizo Fried Rice at IMBISS - A restaurant that prides itself on its meaty (no pun intended) dishes is a great place for a wholesome meal and a variety of sausage and other meats. One of their best dishes and extremely filling one is their chorizo fried rice, which is beautifully spicy from the chorizo sausage and served with a fried egg on top.
Mushroom Risotto at Salt Water Cafe - While this is not really served in a bowl and not always the first thing you think of when it comes to one pot meals, Salt Water Cafe makes sure that when you order a risotto, you will not need to order anything else. It is creamy, has a little miso, is full of mushrooms and is absolutely delicious.
Dolsot Bibimbap at Joss - While Korean food is wonderful, there are not many stand-alone restaurants dedicated to the cuisine. You will find a few Korean dishes on some Pan-Asian menus if you are lucky, or at least many that will try to pass off a dish as Korean. Joss has got the Korean rice bowl bibimbap, which is served in a hot stone bowl (dolsot) and comes with rice, chicken, mushrooms and is extremely filling, even for one person.
Seoul Bowls at Cafe Nemo - From Asian to Continental food, Cafe Nemo has something for everyone on their menu. While it is a great restaurant with many fantastic dishes, it is really their bowl meals that are the most memorable. The chicken Seoul bowl is a one pot meal in itself that comes with jasmine rice, chicken, shallots, secret sauces, greens, fresh herbs and chilli peanuts. They also have a vegetarian bowl should you want to skip the meat.
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