Usually, the words ‘fast food’ and ‘sustainable’ don’t appear in the same sentence. But bamboo bowls is changing the game of fast food with their series of healthy, authentic bowls featuring culinary traditions from various cities in Asia.

Despite being sugar-free, low-on-carb, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly, these bowls don’t compromise on flavour. For those who are on healthier diets, you won’t want to miss out on the bowls here!

What’s more, the tech-enabled restaurant offers a convenient and contactless dining experience. Customers can customise their bowls via the bamboo bowls website or mobile app, and collect their bowls in-store from sleek, futuristic-looking pods. I was so fascinated by how the pods rotated to reveal the bowls. Felt like I was in a sci-fi movie!

Dishes we recommend

The restaurant’s menu consists of eight bowls, with their newest addition Taipei: pearl brown rice with braised plant-based mince, soy-marinated egg, bok choy in garlic sauce and pickled cucumber. Simple, but well-executed take on the classic Taiwanese lu rou fan (braised pork rice bowl).

I also got to try Seoul: japchae noodles complemented by coconut and lime gochujang tofu and kimchi. In line with their mission to create sugar-free dishes, the chefs use steamed pumpkin puree instead of sugar for sweetness in their kimchi. Though the dish is spicy, it’s not overpowering. I could still taste the sweet and sour notes from the kimchi.

What I really liked about this dish, though, was the tofu. It was just the right texture — soft, but not to the point that it would break when you pick it up. It absorbed the flavour of the dish really well and didn’t taste bland at all. 

Another dish I tried was Bombay: basmati brown rice, corn and chana dhal kichdi and pumpkin vada. Compared to the fiery Seoul bowl, the vada was much milder and had an inviting earthy flavour. The dish was topped off with perkedel (vegetable fritters), which tasted light and not at all oily. The curry was also well balanced by the side of kachumber raita, which is made of yoghurt, vegetables and spices. Overall, this dish was really refreshing and is a great way to rejuvenate in the middle of the day!

Each bowl starts with a base price of $10 with options to add on proteins, choose your carb preference, bowl size and more!

If you’re feeling thirsty, the restaurant also carries an array of drinks, ranging from their bb booster ($4) — apple cider vinegar with ginger and stevia — to Cold-brew Coffee ($4), a brazilian and colombian dark roast with coconut water. 

bamboo bowls is located in Far East Square, Science Park 2, and has just opened their newest outlet at Plaza 8 @ CBP. If you’re working near any outlet and need something to spice up your lunch break, this is the place for you!

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*This article is written in partnership with bamboo bowls, but all opinions are of my own

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