Bread bowl

A bread bowl is a round loaf of bread which has had the top cut off and a large portion of the middle hollowed out to create an edible bowl. They are typically larger than a roll but smaller than a full sized loaf of bread.

A clam chowder served in a bread bowl (left).
Bread bowl
A porcini mushroom (darker elements) and noodle soup served in a bread bowl
Main ingredientsBread

Bread bowls can be used to serve chili, New England-style clam chowder, and other thick stews (often, but not always, with a cheese or cream base). Soups with thinner bases are not generally served in bread bowls, as the broth would make the bread get too soggy too quickly. The bread becomes flavored as it absorbs some of the stew's base, and can be eaten after the stew has been eaten. Bread bowls are also used for dips, using the scooped-out bread for dipping.


A British firm has marketed naan bowls filled with chicken tikka masala.[1]

Spinach dip made with dehydrated vegetable soup mix is often served in a round pumpernickel bread loaf.

Coffin lid

Coffin Lid (棺材板)

"Coffin lid" or "coffin bread" (Chinese: 棺材板; pinyin: guāncáibǎn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: koaⁿ-chhâ-pán) is a Taiwanese variant developed in Tainan. It uses Texas toastpreferably those cut from the soft loaves popular in East Asiadeep frying the bread to a crisp. A layer of crust is then cut away to expose the inside, which is then dug out, allowing stews to be placed in. The crust layer is then replaced on top of the stew.

See also

  • Bread  Food made of flour and water
  • Bunny chow  South African dish consisting of a hollowed-out loaf of white bread filled with curry
  • Edible tableware
  • Egg in the basket  Egg fried in a hole in a slice of bread
  • List of bread dishes  Dishes using bread as a main ingredient, listed by category
  • Milk toast  Breakfast dish consisting of toasted bread in warm milk
  • Sop  Piece of bread or toast that is drenched in liquid and then eaten
  • Trencher  Type of tableware used in medieval cuisine


  1. Wallop, Harry (January 7, 2008). "I'll have the soup. And the bowl, please". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
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