Wagamama launches new ‘nourishment’ menu with Tempeh Katsu Salad

Author: Molly Pickering

Read Time:   |  1st April 2022

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Wagamama has unveiled its new gut-nourishing menu featuring exciting new tempeh dishes. Find out what we thought...


With brighter days approaching, the Wagamama vegan menu is packed with nutritious meals.

The high-street chain’s ‘True Nourishment’ menu has given its beloved katsu curry a makeover to produce a light, lower-calorie meal.

For the first time, Wagamama has introduced tempeh to its menu as an alternative to chicken.

Not only is tempeh gut-friendly, but it is also packed with protein.

Moreover, the plant-based dishes include Tempeh Katsu Salad, Tempeh Ssambap, and sticky miso corn.

To celebrate the new menu, our Digital Assistant Molly visited Wagamama to get a first taste of the exciting new menu.


Wagamama tempeh review

Wagamama has always been my go-to whenever I am at my local high street and in need of a delicious vegan meal.

The chain has won the hearts of vegans across the nation with its commitment to offering an extensive plant-based menu.

Although I am not a lover of tempeh, I was curious to see what the Japanese-inspired recipe would do with this ingredient.

After fighting the overwhelming temptation to order the vegan chilli squid, we ordered the new tempeh ssambap, tempeh katsu salad, and sticky miso corn.

First to arrive was the ssambap which was baby iced gem lettuce cups filled with Asian slaw, kimchee sauce, coriander cress, and topped with slivers of crispy tempeh.

The first bite was a total taste sensation and I immediately overcame my dislike for tempeh.

In addition to the crispy, tangy slaw and kimchee, the crispy tempeh had a smokey flavour that was simply irresistible. It is safe to say that I would have been a happy diner with just a big plate of the ssambap.

Sticky miso corn

Then came the stick miso corn. The dish was made up of corn-on-the-cob roundels coated in a sticky spicy sauce and topped with sesame seed and spring onions.

I couldn’t get enough of this dish and found it an exciting creation of a humble ingredient.

Next came the tempeh katsu salad.

This fresh salad of dressed leaves, cucumber, edamame, pickled Asian slaw, apple, and pea shoots was topped with panko coated tempeh and served with Wagamama’s signature katsu dressing.

Each mouthful was filled with vibrant flavours and is the perfect alternative to the classic curry during the warmer months.

Wagamama’s True Nourishment menu is a celebration of fresh vegetables and basic ingredients.

Not only are the new vegan dishes nourishing, but they also prove that healthy plant-based meals can be packed with flavour.

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Written by

Molly Pickering

Molly is the Digital Executive and former podcast host at Anthem's Vegan Food & Living, she also works across other titles including Women's Running and Classic Pop to create affiliate content for the website. Starting out as a Digital Marketing Apprentice at Vegan Food & Living in 2021, within 14 months Molly was shortlisted for ‘Best Editorial Assistant’ at the BSME Talent Awards 2022 and won the BCS Special Recognition award for Digital Marketing Apprentice of the Year in 2022

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