Recipe by Pets'R'us
If you don't like it too hot, leave out the chili peppers and sambal, it will still be a spicy Indonesian inspired dish.
Top Review by Sackville
This was the first time we tried tempeh and we really enjoyed the texture of it. The sauce that goes on the tempeh when you're frying it makes all the difference to the dish. We had this without peanuts and coconut on top (none in the house) but I'm sure that would be a fine addition.
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 -2 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 -2 red chili pepper, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 1⁄2 cups carrots, cleaned and chopped diagonally
- 1 cup green beans, chopped diagonally
- 2 large ripe tomatoes, skinned and finely chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups vegetable stock or 1 1⁄2 cups chicken stock
- 4 ounces bean sprouts
For the Tempeh
- 8 ounces packages tempeh, cut in strips,approx 2 inch long and 1 inch thick
- 1⁄3 cup soy sauce
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon sambal oelek (or more, chili paste)
- 1 -2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 -2 tablespoon peanut oil
For the topping
- 3 tablespoons desiccated coconut
- 3 tablespoons shelled peanuts, chopped
Directions See How It's Made
- Start with the topping, in a frying pan, dry fry the coconut and peanuts until golden brown, tossing it so it wont burn, remove from the pan and let cool.
- Mix together the soy sauce, cayenne, sambal, ginger, sugar, garlic and water, set aside, you will use this after you fried the tempeh.
- In a wok or frying pan, heat the tablespoon of oil, fry the onion and garlic for one minute, add the coriander, cumin and if you use them the chili peppers, fry this for two minutes.
- Add the carrots, beans and tomatoes, fry until you see the tomatoes going soft, add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan large enough to hold the tempeh strips in one layer.
- Fry the tempeh until golden, it will soak up the oil, this is normal.
- Lower the heat when you see them starting to color but fry for a few minutes more, add the soy mix, stir to coat and add to the vegetables, mix.
- By now the tomatoes should have made a sauce and have dissolved.
- Taste to see if you want to add more sambal and/or sugar.
- Now add the bean sprouts, cook further until you see them go limp.
- Transfer to serving dish, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the coconut and peanut mixture, serve with rice and the remaining topping on the side.