Budget Egg Roll Rice Bowl

Short on time and money? You can still eat well in a hurry with this fun spin on the Pinterest trend “Egg Roll in a Bowl”.  My Budget Egg Roll Rice Bowl is a light yet filling and flavourful dinner thanks to the addition of Jasmine scented rice and Shaoxing cooking wine. No added cost for convenience here!


I have never been one for researching quick and easy dinners. Not until I broke my finger, that is. In November, once chopping veggies became a chore and navigating the supermarket was a whole new challenge I realized I couldn’t cook how I used to. Recipes had to ensure chopping was kept at a minimum. I was also in a fair amount of pain so the quicker I could get dinner on the table and back to my ice pack, the better.

My friends, being as amazing and supportive as they are, had my back. I had people chop veggies for my parties, buy me a knock-off slap chop and send recipe inspiration my way. My best friend (who is a talented jewelry designer by the way, 😉 ) was particularly excited to share with me a recipe she was told about from a friend at work who found it on Pinterest. She explained that is was as simple as browning ground pork and stir frying it with soy sauce and a bag of coleslaw mix. As she was talking and sharing how tasty the recipe was, I am pretty sure she could see the wheels turning in my head.

I later found out that the recipe was so basic as it was a Weight Watchers/Paleo/Gluten Free dish intended for those watching their weight. I was eager to try it out and was pleased with how far a little bit of soy sauce went with this dish. I also knew I could change the recipe and cater to my tastes and pantry a bit better!

In this Egg Roll Rice Bowl, I added authentic Chinese flavour profiles using rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, Shaoxing cooking wine (sometimes called Chinese cooking wine) and green bell peppers for a bit more crunch. I served the stir-fry over a bed of Jasmine scented rice as a cheap way to stretch the meal further. This spin is probably no longer Weight Watchers or Paleo diet approved, but it remains Gluten Free (if you are working with GF soya sauce, as many brands are not) and pretty darn healthy. Did I mention it’s tasty as all heck? And cheap. Like, super cheap!

I also wanted to thank this lovely community of supportive readers, friends and colleagues for you continued support, engagement and words of encouragement. Because of you guys,  I made my TV debut on CTV Morning Live last month! In my segment I shared with viewers my tips for saving money in the kitchen. It was an amazing experience that was both fun and inspiring!

Did you miss it? Fear not! Here is a link to my segment! I would love to have your feedback if you had a moment to watch it! Big thanks to the CTV Morning Live team for extending this opportunity to me!

Budget Egg Roll Rice Bowl

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Category: Dinner, Main, Pork

Servings: 4 rice bowls

Budget Egg Roll Rice Bowl


  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing cooking wine (Chinese cooking wine)
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 inch ginger, finely grated
  • 2 teaspoons Canola Oil
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 bag cabbage coleslaw mix (or 5 cups of chopped cabbage)
  • 1 green pepper, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups of prepared Jasmine scented rice


  1. In a small bowl, mix dark soy sauce, rice vinegar, Shaoxing cooking wine, garlic, ginger and 1 teaspoon of Canola Oil. Set aside.
  2. In wok, heat remaining Canola Oil. Brown and drain ground pork.
  3. Add cabbage and green pepper. Stir well and add sauce mixture. Stir fry over high heat for 5 minutes or until green peppers are vibrant.
  4. Serve over a bowl of hot Jasmine rice and garnish with green onions.


  1. Immediately when I saw this bowl the other day, my stomach started growling. I was like, GIMME. I want to try this with tofu or shrimp. I friggin’ love egg rolls — always have — so digging into a big bowl of the good stuff seems too good to be true. And, great shots! Hope you have an awesome weekend, girl! <3

    • PeppersPennies

      Ooh, this would be so yummy with Shrimp! Great idea! I was also tempted to throw in bean sprouts instead of peppers but I often am disappointed cooking with them as they give off so much water and change the consistency of my stir-fry sauce. Anyways thanks for the love (and coming-by)!!

  2. Tasty, easy, gluten-free – win! win! win! All of that and budget-friendly, too! What an amazing recipe! Using the coleslaw mix is a great step saver, isn’t it.

    • PeppersPennies

      Hi Cathy! It was literally my lifesaver this winter! I think this will be on rotation allllll year!

  3. I LOVE this idea! Egg rolls are one of my favorite things to get when ordering Chinese food, but I’ve never tried to make them at home because they involve frying. But, if I could get all those flavors without the fuss of actually making egg rolls? Yes, please! Looking forward to making this soon!

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  6. I too love egg rolls so was happy to try this.
    Next time I would make twice the sauce, with lots more ginger and garlic. And would totally add bean sprouts.
    Shrimp, yummmmy, that too!

    • PeppersPennies

      Hi Patty! Thanks for coming-by, I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. The Egg Roll Rice Bowls are easy, healthy, filling and affordable so naturally, they are a staple in my household!

      I LOVE bean sprouts in stirfrys! What a great idea!

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