Three Asian-inspired sides to try: Orange Kumara Miso Mash, Bok Choy & Gai Lan with Olive Oil, Fresh Cucumber & Radish Pickle

The season’s fresh flavours are celebrated with local favourites (think roasted lamb and kumara mash) given a touch of Japanese elegance.

Recipes: Ruth Pretty Photos: Carolyn Robertson

Bok Choy & Gai Lan with Olive Oil


Bring a pot of lightly salted water to the boil.

Add 4-6 small bok choy, halved lengthwise, and cook for 3-4 minutes or until fork-tender.

Remove from pot and place into a plastic container lined with a cold, wet tea towel. Cover with another wet tea towel.

Bring water back to the boil and add 8-12 stems gai lan (Chinese broccoli), cut into 8cm lengths. Cook for 2-3 minutes until tender.

Remove from water and add to container. The vegetables will keep hot for 10-15 minutes if entirely wrapped in cold, wet tea towels, and they will not continue to cook.

When ready to serve, unwrap tea towel, add ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt, a good pinch of freshly ground black pepper and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Gently toss together and serve immediately. Serves 8

Fresh Cucumber & Radish Pickle

fresh cucumber and radish pickle


Put ¼ cup rice wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, ¼ teaspoon flaky salt and a good pinch of dried red pepper flakes or grated frozen red chilli in a bowl.

Stir well, then add 1 small red onion, thinly sliced, 8 plump radishes, sliced and 1 smallish cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeds removed and sliced.

Stir gently and use within 30 minutes, or cover and refrigerate for up to three weeks. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon lightly toasted sesame seeds just before serving. Serves 8

Orange Kumara Miso Mash

orange kumara miso mash


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Half-fill a pot of water and bring to a boil. Add 1kg orange kumara, peeled and roughly chopped and a pinch of salt.

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