The ‘Buddha Bowl’ (#buddhabowl) has taken Instagram by storm with over 60,000 posts.
But there is more to the Buddha bowl than foodie pics and social media fanfare. Not only are they a beautiful explosion of colour, Buddha bowls are packed with nutrition-dense foods and draw on the principles of the macrobiotic diet and Chinese and Japanese medicine.
A macrobiotic diet focuses on balance between the body and the natural world and macrobiotic meals include a combination of vegetables, grains, proteins and fermented foods.
There is no right or wrong way to make a Buddha Bowl, but generally-speaking they tend to have the following 6 ingredients:
- Nuts and seeds
- Light and creamy dressing
Make your own Buddha bowl
Try one of the following three Buddha bowls that use local Cambodian ingredients:
- BBQ Tofu Buddha Bowl (via Sofia Von Porat): This bowl brings sweet and savory together with veggies and rice. Swap the tamari for soy sauce if you aren’t able to find it in Phnom Penh.
- Cilantro Lime Shrimp Bowls (via Fit Foodie Finds): This vibrant coloured-bowl won’t disappoint. The magic is in the tangy greek-yogurt based dressing. (via Fit Foodie Finds)
- Peanut Tofu Bowl (via Delish Knowledge): a homemade peanut sauce is hard to beat. Eat your fill with this bowl.
- Macro Bowl with Sesame Tofu (Daily Burn): a vegetarian option that is low in saturated fat and high in fibre.
Why Buddha bowls are January’s most comforting food trend (The Standard)
2017 is the year of the Buddha bowl (Huff Post Australia)
How to make a healthy macrobiotic bowl (Well and Good)
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