“Bowls” are my most favorite meals to create, by far. Food bowls are so versatile and can be made with so many different ingredients, starches, proteins and vegetables. If you’re vegetarian it’s twice the fun, because you get to experiment using amazing fruits like jackfruit or adding delicious vegetable dumplings. I could be biased, because I strongly despise plates — but in my experience, food bowls tend to be more convenient, make the food easier to consume and you can trick your mind into eating less — thereby contributing to portion control. Win-win!
This shredded beef bowl, or “burrito bowl”, is influenced by some deliciously savory flavors I had an opportunity to appreciate from a street vendor in Los Angeles. While I could never assume the exact flavors this street vendor used to prepare his beef, he left an impression on my taste buds that, to this very day, I cannot shake. And to this very day, each time I create this dish — I try to make it just a little better than last time.
The shredded beef you see before you is packed full of flavor, with subtle hints of heat that are not too overwhelming (or unbearable). That too, can also be modified to your liking, as this recipe uses red chili flakes to bring the heat.