Asian Miso-Mustard Buddha Bowl

Vegan miso mustard nourish bowl

This recipe is super yummy and super filling. Like all buddha bowls, it’s a perfect way to get in a ton of nutrients, enjoy a well-balanced meal hitting all the macros, and love every bite whilst you’re at it.

If you’re into Asian-inspired, ‘umami’ flavour sauces, then you’ll love this Asian Miso-Mustard Buddha Bowl, because it literally brings all of that, and more.

Thanks to the addition of wholegrain French mustard, this sauce has wonderfully sweet and slightly ‘hot’ base to it, all while infusing those beautiful flavours of the orient we know and love.

Sweet, Salty, Tangy

It’s pretty difficult to describe flavours in a way that does them justice, but I’m gonna try anyway.

The secret to this sauce is the combination of the creamy white miso paste, with the hearty kick of the wholegrain mustard.

For those who don’t know, white miso is a slightly sweeter, milder, more delicate counterpart to brown or red miso, and goes wonderfully in light soups and salad dressings. Here, it brings a lovely sweet and saltiness to the sauce, which pairs amazingly with the mustard.

Also adding to that umami taste is the mirin, or shaoshing rice wine. Now, if you can’t get hold of either one of these, don’t fret – ordinary rice wine vinegar will do. But if you can use them, they will make all the difference to this sauce, and create a really rich depth of flavour. Both mirin and shaoshing rice wine can be found in international or Chinese supermarkets, or even ordered online. They are both great condiments to have in your kitchen and will really elevate all of your Asian-style dishes.

Miso mustard dressing recipe

A Hearty Buddha Bowl that Packs a Punch

This Buddha bowl (or Buddha ‘plate’, in my photos here!) packs tons of nutrition into one meal. You’ve got the quinoa and tofu for plant-based protein; gooey sweet potato wedges roasted to perfection for those important beta-carotenes and slow releasing carbohydrates, and then some crispy tenderstem broccoli, which happens to be in season right now.

Top it all off with some fresh greens, and you’ve got yourself a delicious meal that’s bursting with vitamins and minerals.

You can of course switch things around in this recipe – which is part of the beauty of a Buddha bowl! Switch the quinoa for some brown rice or other hearty whole grain; swap the broccoli for another green veg of choice such as asparagus or runner beans, and feel free to add whatever fresh leaves you like, as well as any other vegetables you feel would go well in this dish.

Asian Miso-Mustard Buddha Bowl Recipe

Serves 2 (with sauce left over)

Ingredients

For the bowl:

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (can use brown rice or other grain)
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 block firm/extra firm tofu
  • 2 handfuls of tenderstem broccoli/asparagus/runner beans
  • 2 handful of greens of choice, finely chopped (romaine, kale, chard, rocket, mixed leaves etc)
  • 1-2 tbsp tamari* or soy sauce
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

For the miso-mustard sauce:

  • 1/2 cup white miso paste*
  • 1/2 cup wholegrain mustard
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/8 cup mirin or shaoxing rice wine
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 1cm chunk of ginger, minced or grated
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

 

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C. Place the sweet potato wedges onto a lined baking tray, season with salt and pepper, and place them into the oven to roast for 25 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, cook the quinoa if not already cooked according to packet instructions (or your choice of whole grain).
  3. Prep the tofu by removing the packaging and draining away any liquid. Wrap the tofu between a few paper towels, place on a plate or chopping board, and put something heavy on top like a cookbook or pot, for about 10 minutes. This will help to absorb any excess moisture. Alternatively for ease you can also use a tofu press*.
  4. Make the sauce by placing all the sauce ingredients into a small saucepan. Heat gently over a medium heat, then turn down and simmer until all of the ingredients have blended together and you have a warm, smooth sauce. Taste and add salt & pepper if needed.
  5. Once tofu has been left to sit for a few minutes, remove paper towels and cut into cubes. Heat a good non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the tofu and sprinkle with the tamari. Toss to coat.
  6. Leave the tofu to sit in the pan whilst it crisps up, then flip to do the other side. The tamari and any excess water in the tofu should prevent it from sticking, and be sure to keep flipping it every so often. If you don’t have a good non-stick pan then you may wish to add a little sesame oil; however this definitely isn’t necessary. The tofu should start to get firm and crispy all on its own.
  7. Once the potatoes have been baking for around 25 minutes, add the broccoli to the tray and season with salt & pepper. You can also drizzle with a bit of the veg stock, if you like. Return to the oven and bake for a further 10-15 minutes, until the potatoes are gooey and caremlised, and the broccoli is getting slightly crispy.
  8. Plate everything up, starting with the fresh greens, cooked quinoa, then the sweet potato wedges, tofu and broccoli.
  9. Drizzle everything with the miso-mustard sauce, add a sprinkle of black pepper (if desired) and dig in!

What did you guys think of this recipe? Let me know by leaving a comment down below, or tagging me in your pictures – #everythingspeachy.

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Comments · 5

  1. Hello, I am prepping everything to make this dish tomorrow. I was thinking of marinating the tofu. Have you ever marinated the tofu for this dish? Should I marinate it in just soy or the miso mustard sauce? I’m new to plant based eating and this is my first tofu dish. Thank you

    1. Hey Cathy, no I don’t marinate the tofu in the miso mustard sauce for this recipe, but you absolutely could if you wanted to – that sounds delicious!

  2. This dish seemed way too salty to me. I followed the recipe to a T. I didn’t serve the tofu, and I’m glad I didn’t open it. I never realized miso paste is so salty. Maybe 1/2 cup is too much miso for my family.
    Thank you for the recipe.

  3. Third comment but I’m thinking you really need to revisit this recipe. Later in the evening I got sick. Way too much miso. I talked with friends familiar with miso and they agreed, the 1/2 cup of miso with only 1 tablespoon of syrup is really off. Ruined the entire dressing and made me sick.

    1. Hi Cathy. I’m sorry to hear that the meal made you feel sick. Yes miso is very salty, but that is kind of the idea of the sauce – it’s Asian-inspired and is supposed to be salty for serving with tofu, sushi, even chicken or fish (if that was your thing). I personally enjoy it but if you wanted to experiment with half the amount of miso or more maple syrup then you absolutely should.

      Please bear in mind that not all recipes will be to everybody’s taste and it’s important to taste-test as you go along, especially when cooking with new and unfamiliar ingredients. I will take what you said on board and experiment with the recipe next time I make it. In the meantime I hope I haven’t put you off miso for life as its such a great ingredient!

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