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BBQ Soy Curl & Ranch Slaw Bowl – An Homage

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Have you ever been inspired by a dish so much that you wanted to create it at home? This especially happens for me after visiting or vacationing somewhere, knowing that I will not be back any time soon to savor the meal.
Being totally enamored by the concept of bowls, I found myself sampling some of the best in Portland during VVC 2013. I had wanted with all of my heart to make it back to Native Bowl for Julie‘s famous Mississippi Bowl… yet it just didn’t happen! This had been my favorite meal of VVC I and my taste buds were very sad.


Not being able to get the M-bowl out of my mind – and having purchased a ready bag of soy curls during my stay – I had the compulsion to try and recreate a bit of the magic I had missed. The results were pretty tasty! Much different than my gustatory memory served, yet still complex in its own right.
Disclaimer: Just like with my Spicy PDX Bowl of Goodness, I only endorse the recreation of this dish if you are more than 50 miles away from Native Bowl. Otherwise, shut this shit off, hop in the car/on the bike and get over there!
Yummy BBQ Soy Curl & Ranch Slaw Bowl
1/2 package of soy curls, rehydrated and drained *well*
1-2 T oil for sautéing
1/3 c of your favorite BBQ sauce (I used Bone Suckin’ Sauce & Frank’s RedHot)
3 cups cooked rice of your choosing (I used brown)
3 cups broccoli slaw
Quick Ranch Dressing
(measurements approximate)
1/3 c raw cashews
1 T lemon juice
1 T apple cider vinegar
1/4 t oregano
1/4 t basil
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 – 1/3 cups water
salt & pepper to taste
  • Prepare your rice and set aside.
  • Once your soy curls are rehydrated, drain them well so that most of the liquid has been removed.
  • Saute the soy curls in 1-2 T of oil over medium heat, until just browned, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Prepare your ranch dressing and dress the slaw while everything cooks.
  • Mix the sauteed soy curls with the BBQ sauce.
  • Assemble: rice, soy curls, slaw – top with hemp seeds, sesame seeds, nut parmesan, more BBQ sauce… whatever you’d like!
This is best with the cold slaw atop a warm bed of rice and curls – so if you’re utilizing leftovers, store them separately so you can reheat your bottom ingredients. Enjoy!

One thought on “BBQ Soy Curl & Ranch Slaw Bowl – An Homage

  1. LOL at “shut this shit off”. I am more than 50 miles away and I had the Mississippi bowl when I was in Portland so I really, crave this stuff. I wish I had picked up some soy curls when there too so I could really recreate this bowl.


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