Recipe: Kimchi Grain Bowl

Gut boosting kimchi and Korean-inspired flavours combine in this vibrant grain bowl - delivering a delicious, plant-powered boost in every bite

A delightfully sweet and sour dish, loaded up with scorched tamari mushrooms, baby corn and protein-packed edamame, folded through a base of tender pearl barley and black rice, served up with a hit of zingy, spiced kimchi.

Loaded with vitamins, minerals and those all-important probiotics, to boost your gut health. Ready in just 30 minutes and perfect as a weeknight dinner, this Korean-inspired dish will have your taste buds dancing!

We’ve typed up the method and ingredients below, so have a go and savour the flavour.

Serves: 4 | Time: 30 mins



  • 3/4 cup barley
  • 1/2 cup wild rice



  • 3 portobello mushrooms
  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp tamari
  • 2/3 cup edamame beans
  • 2/3 cup chopped savoy cabbage
  • 7 baby corn
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 cup vegan kimchi




  • 2.5 cups veg stock (low salt)
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 3 tbsp apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 2 heaped tsp tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup passata
  • 1/2 onion



  1. Add the wild rice to a saucepan, top up with water and boil until al dente (~25 mins), then drain. In a separate pan, repeat the steps above with the pearl barley.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C. Wash and slice the mushrooms into 5cm chunks, toss with olive oil and tamari and roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes.  
  3. To make the sauce, place all the ingredients for the sauce (from the veg stock down to 1/2 onion) into a blender and blitz until smooth.
  4. Prep the baby corn by slicing into 3, chop the kimchi into smaller slices and toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan.
  5. Pour the sauce into a large pan, add the cabbage, baby corn and edamame beans and gently heat through until warm. Add in the grains and mushrooms and stir through until warm.
  6. Serve immediately with a side of kimchi and a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds.
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