How to make Selina Periampillai’s sunny-side-up egg, chicken and pak choi rice bowl

Selina Periampillai says bol renversé – a creole term meaning upside-down-bowl – is a theatrical Mauritian dish.

It’s pretty simple but get it right and you’ll be rewarded with the unveiling of a perfect dome of rice, topped with chicken, vegetables and a golden egg.

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(Serves 4)

250g basmati rice

2tbsp vegetable oil

1 onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2.5cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped

1 carrot, cut into thin matchsticks

125g shiitake mushrooms, sliced

130g baby corn, chopped

300g chicken breast, cut into strips, then halved

200g pak choi, trimmed, stalks cut diagonally into thin slices, leaves torn

2tbsp light soy sauce

1tbsp oyster sauce

1tsp fish sauce

1tsp cornflour, mixed with 150ml water

1tbsp olive oil

4 eggs

3tbsp finely chopped chives

Chilli paste to serve

(Yuki Sugiura/PA)
(Yuki Sugiura/PA)


1. Firstly soak the rice for 30 minutes in cold water (or wash a few times until the water runs clear). Drain well. Cook your basmati rice according to the packet instructions.

2. Place all your prepared vegetables and the chicken on a large plate, so everything is ready to add to the wok.

3. Place a large wok over a high heat and add the vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot add in your onion, garlic and ginger and, using a metal spoon or spatula, keep stirring the ingredients in the pan to avoid burning. Fry for one to two minutes.

4. Tip in the carrot, mushrooms, corn and chicken strips, give that all a good mix together and cook for two minutes while stirring. Next goes in the pak choi, which will wilt down eventually. I use all of it, even the white harder ends, which retain a nice crunch when cooked.

5. Create the base of the sauce by adding the soy, oyster and fish sauces into the wok and give them a good stir. Pour in the cornflour water mixture – this will thicken it all up and result in a glossy, light brown liquid.

(Yuki Sugiura/PA)
(Yuki Sugiura/PA)

6. Turn the heat down to a medium simmer, cover and gently cook for 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked throughout and the corn and carrots are softened, but still retain a slight crunch. Set aside.

7. In the meantime, fry the eggs. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan on a medium-high heat and crack in the eggs, one at a time. Cook for around four minutes, taking care not to break the yolks, then turn off the heat and let them sit for one minute.

8. Take four medium-sized bowls, one per person, and begin to layer up your magic bowl. First divide the chicken and vegetable mixture into each bowl, then divide the rice equally and gently press down so you can’t see any of the chicken mixture.

9. Take a dinner plate and get ready to invert your bowl (this is the trick). Place the plate over your bowl and, holding the plate securely, flip it over (so the bowl is upside down on your plate). Gently lift up the bowl to unveil your bol renversé, and carefully place an egg on the top. Scatter with chives and add chilli paste on the side.

(Yuki Sugiura/BloomsburyPA)
(Yuki Sugiura/BloomsburyPA)

The Island Kitchen: Recipes From Mauritius And The Indian Ocean by Selina Periampillai is published by Bloomsbury, priced £26.00. Available now.

- Press Association

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