bok choy and mushrooms flash cooked with a miso dressing

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quickly cooked bok choy and mushrooms in a miso dressing

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.


a lovely combinations of textures soaked in an umami dressing

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

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  1. YUM! I love miso paste!

  2. Beautiful food styling and a fantastic sounding dressing to de-bland those veggies!

  3. Sounds great. What Asian Supermarket are you referring to? Please share 🙂

  4. Hi Rory, I’m just going to update the post with that info.

  5. Thanks Marisa, I am loving white miso paste at the moment.

  6. I love how you got the mushrooms so nicely caramelized, too. A great dish for a side or a main with steamed rice.

  7. Thanks Carolyn, I think this would go so well with rice because the sauce is just so delicious.

  8. Don’t you love the convenience of Asian Markets? And everything is so much cheaper! This dish looks perfect =)

  9. Love the idea, you just helped me cook some quick dinner. Thanks !

  10. Hey Amelia, glad I could help with supper :-). Sam

  11. Yes I do Peggy, so much cheaper and I am loving having one within walking distance of my house now, with such a friendly owner.

  12. Its one of my favourite bowls and I’m afraid I use it too much for styling. Its Wonkiware, a slightly older range and I think I bought it The Good Food & Wine show.

  13. Hi Bern, I was in Blink yesterday (Sea Point opp Checkers) and Janice told me she is getting more of the green bowls in November. She is the biggest supplier of Wonkiware In CT and its one of my favourite shops.

  14. Look at all those glorious varieties of mushrooms! All in their miso soaked glory! YUM!
    – Brittany

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