I have fallen totally in love with miso paste and made this dressing the other day to drizzle over stir fried greens.
I have also discovered a fantastic method to cook small quantities of vegetables very quickly. Literally in a matter of minutes. So the combination of these two elements yields a healthy and instant meal, using minimal ingredients, which suits me just perfectly.
Another foodie highlight for me is a new Asian supermarket opening down the road from where I live. I am now able to buy supplies and fresh greens right on my doorstep.
You can cook a variety of vegetables this way, but here I have flash cooked a chopped up bok choy and a cup of exotic mixed mushrooms, and then generously drizzled over this fabulous miso dressing.
Heat a frying pan with a lid for a couple of minutes until starting to smoke. Add a few drops of sesame oil to the pan and swirl around. Add a roughly chopped up bok choy to the pan and close the lid tightly. If your pan doesn’t have a lid, use a large pot lid to seal it. Shake the pan and allow it to cook for about 2 minutes. It generates its own steam. Add a splash of water, stir and cook for a bit longer if necessary, then set aside in a bowl. I then repeated the exact same procedure with a small handful of exotic mixed mushrooms (Shiitake, Shimenji, Portebilini and King Oyster) and then tossed with the bok choy and the miso dressing.
Recipe for miso dressing:
- 1 Tbs of white miso paste
- 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbs red wine vinegar (balsamic also works well)
- juice of 1/2 a lime (1 tsp bottled lime juice) – this is optional and the dressing also works without it
- a pinch of dried chilli flakes or a 1/4 of a fresh chilli finely chopped if you feel like a bit of heat (optional)
Mix all of the above ingredients together.
Other vegetables that work really well are: broccoli, asparagus, spinach, kale, sugar snap peas, green beans and zucchini. Some vegetables will just require a little longer to cook and you may need to add a little more water to prevent burning. Its just another way to take a stand against bland on the vegetable cooking front.
I am getting a lot of inquiries about where to find white miso paste. I bought mine at this shop: N1 City Asian Supermarket
It is also available from Asian Spice supermarket in Sea Point
I look forward to connecting with you again in the future.