Tempe is Javanesse creation, cakes of compressed, lightly fermented soya beans, is increasingly known to health enthusiasts internationally. It is rich in protein and has a delicious nutty flavour. Often available in health food stores or some Asian shop. You can make different kind of food with tempe. This is one of them, Spicy Fried Tempe or kering tempe, usually serves for a side dish with plain rice ( nasi putih ) or yellow rice ( nasi kuning ).
Category : Side Dish
Difficulty : Easy
Cooking time : 15 – 20 minutes
Serves 4 persons.
- 350 g fermented soya bean cakes (tempe), cut in cubes
- 100 g skinless fried peanut
- 2 – 3 red chillies, seeded and thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon tamarind juice from fresh tamarind
- 50 g palm sugar
- 3 tablespoons water
Spice Paste :
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 6 shallots
- 2 cm galangal (laos), peeled and sliced (1 tablespoon if you use the galangal powder)
- salt to taste
1. Heat the oil and fry the tempe. Set aside
2. Fry spice paste for 2 minutes in the remaining oil.
3. Add the palm sugar, water, and tamarind juice and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
4. Put the tempe, peanut and chillies, stirring frequently, until the sauce has reduced and caramelised. Season for taste with salt and stir through.