Chicken is the top ingredient in Asian bowl entrees, according to Technomic’s MenuMonitor database. This protein lends itself well to a variety of sauces and flavours, such as curry, soy sauce, teriyaki and sweet-and-sour. Chicken is also commonly known and enjoyed by consumers, making it a safe bet on menus.

Acting as the base for most Asian bowls, noodles appear next on the list. Popular varieties include egg noodles, vermicelli rice noodles and glass noodles. These Asian noodles are often fried in a pan and tossed in a sauce with the other Asian bowl ingredients.

Beyond the current top ingredients, we can also turn to the fastest-growing Asian bowl ingredients to see how this menu category is evolving. MenuMonitor lists that the fastest-growing ingredients in this category are red pepper, peanut sauce, chickpeas, spinach and wonton.

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Kristin Menas is the Associate Editor, Canada & Adult Beverage at Technomic Inc. in Chicago. She is responsible for writing, editing and analyzing foodservice-related content with a focus on the Canadian market. Technomic provides foodservice clients with the facts, insights and consulting support they need to enhance their business. Its services include publications and digital products, as well as proprietary studies and ongoing research on all aspects of the food industry. For more information, visit