Monday, June 2, 2008

Tempeh Crisis #815 (approx)

Graphic from The Art and Science of Food- Indonesian Culinary from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Monday morning confession:

I am the last vegetarian on earth who makes lousy tempeh.

WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME THE BEST WAYS TO MAKE IT? Any tips or hints I (most likely) don't know about? Which recipes have worked for you, in particular?

Here in the south, we like fried everything. What is the best way to fry or grill it? What seasonings do you all prefer? HELP!

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11 comments:

annie said...

i love tempeh! and i love rem's latest!! the lyrics to "supernatural"
make me smile, since i have been in the throes of adolescent angst with my youngest child.

as for how i cook tempeh-almost always in stir fry. sometimes in sandwiches. my son taught me how to use it in a breakfast scramble as well.

Anonymous said...

Hot Sauce Glazed Tempeh

Drakyn said...

I haven't had tempeh, but I go here whenever I need a recipe.
Here is the (18 pages) of search results for "tempeh". ^.^
I like that site, my lunch today was actually a recipe from there (portelbella sauted in soy sauce and garlic). Just be sure to read the comments (as some make the dish even better and others warn against bad recipes) and check the ratings.

JoJo said...

I don't even think I've tasted tempeh.

FeministGal said...

i usually go to vegcooking.com - here's what they had for tempeh :)
http://www.vegcooking.com/MealSearch.asp

enjoy! :)

fals said...

Back home we would just soak the slices (think credit card size, about 1/8" thick) in water with a pinch of salt for 5 minutes, then deep fry. Eat with hot steaming rice and kecap manis (sweet Indonesian soy sauce). This is how I like it best.

Or coat with a mixture of flour and chopped green onions (add salt, pepper, coriander and nutmeg to taste) and deep fry. We usually have this snack with Thai chilies.

Make gado-gado (salad with peanut sauce).

If you want more traditional Indonesian recipes, search for "tempe" (no H)

Emily said...

Hi, Daisy,

You can fry or steam tempeh. It's very good for marinating because it soaks up liquids really quickly (including frying oil, so watch it!) The other night I marinated some tempeh for a half an hour in a mixture of soy sauce, rice vinegar, hot chile oil, ginger powder, and sesame oil. Fry that sucker up in some peanut oil on medium-high until it's a little browned, and you're good to go.

Daisy said...

THANKS so much! I tried soaking it in water, and that was exactly what I needed to learn! THANK YOU, wonderful people.

Also, glad to learn of the correct spelling, which opened up many more online recipe sites and possibilities!!! (((kisses and hugs)))

Kristin said...

I'm kind of a flexitarian--eat vegetarian for weeks at a time without really noticing the absence of meat. I crumble and sautee tempeh with onion--and then add it to a black bean-chipotle chili with cumin, red pepper, several cloves of roasted garlic, and a three or four cups of diced tomatoes. I got the basic recipe from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, and it's one of my favorite ways to use tempeh. The tempeh and chipotle combination makes it really smoky and deeply flavored.

Kristin said...

For frying--it can also be good broken up in a food processor and mixed into a veggie burger.

Indonesia-Eats said...

I love tempe since I grew up with it :D.

You might find several recipes of tempe in my blog, http://indonesia-eats.blogspot.com/search/label/Soy%20Products%20including%20Tempeh%20and%20Tofu