The minds behind successful Peruvian pop up Buena Onda have just opened their new pop up concept in the Bookworm. Soul Bowls, a mixture of hearty, nourishing, healthy bowls good for the body and the mind, are on offer for the next few weeks. With the smog at an all time high in Beijing, what better way than to cleanse and detoxify your body than with the selection of bowls on offer?
The bowls are divided into hot and cold, and there is one for every palate. If you want a cool, refreshing breakfast after a morning workout, there are chia bowls and smoothie bowls. If a hot breakfast is more your thing, try Soul Bowls’ take on congee. Called the Pretty Young Thing Congee (55 RMB), it’s a brown rice congee cooked for 4 hours with free-range chicken and toped with chilli, black garlic, sesame oil, ginger and an organic poached egg.
The Mexicalicious (60 RMB) caught my eye immediately – a warm quinoa salad interspersed with large chunks of organic house-made chorizo and mixed with a medley of colourful vegetables from corn to kale, it’s perfectly balanced. It’s crowned with half of a creamy, ripe avocado and a hefty chunk of marinated goats cheese. Do yourself a favour and add a poached egg on top for an additional 10 RMB. I hold the firm belief that everything tastes better with an egg on it, and once again proved my theory right. The egg split open and spilled out a golden-yellow yolk that was amazing mixed with the bowl.
The Butcher’s Bowl (60 RMB) is the bowl for you if you’re nursing a hangover and need something slightly greasier and more filling. A bowl of golden fried rosemary potatoes, house-made organic bacon, chorizo, capsicum, tomatoes and kale, it comes with two perfectly poached eggs on top. Incredibly satisfying, this bowl definitely hit the spot but it is one of the less healthy bowls on offer. The Too Good to be True broccoli soup (30 RMB) is just as its name claims. A broccoli soup so delicious that even vegetable haters will love, it is made with broccoli, rocket, basil and parsley, then topped with a wedge of blue cheese that melts into the soup as you eat. The 5-grain bread that comes with soup is nutty and seedy, with a pleasant bite and a nice chew.
Soul Bowls fills a gap in the market for healthy food that tastes good. The bowls are all presented beautifully and ready for Instagram and the setting is chilled out and very Hawaii-esque, with flowers filling wooden bowls on every table. Head over to their pop up now, which is open everyday from between 8 am to 2 pm until Sunday, December 20.
Location: The Bookworm, Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road,
Chaoyang District, Beijing