What is Tempeh?
Tempeh is a traditional soy product originated from Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form, similar to a very firm vegetarian burger patty.
It is a staple source of protein especially for vegetarians. Like tofu, tempeh is made from soybeans, but it is a whole soybean product with different nutritional characteristics and textural qualities. Tempeh's fermentation process and its retention of the whole bean give it a higher content of protein, dietary fiber, and vitamins. It has a firm texture and an earthy flavor which becomes more pronounced as it ages. Because of its nutritional value, tempeh is used worldwide in vegetarian cuisine; some consider it to be a meat analogue.
In the kitchen, tempeh is often prepared by cutting it into pieces, soaking in brine or salty sauce, and then frying. Cooked tempeh can be eaten alone, or used in chili, stir frys, soups, salads, sandwiches, and stews. Tempeh's complex flavor has been described as nutty, meaty, and mushroom-like. It freezes well, and is now commonly available in many western supermarkets, as well as in ethnic markets and health food stores. When thin-sliced and deep-fried in oil, tempeh obtains a crisp golden crust while maintaining a soft interior—its sponge-like consistency makes it suitable for marinating. Dried tempeh (whether cooked or raw) provides an excellent stew base for backpackers.
To know more about tempeh, please click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempeh
My family members like tempeh and I usually cook it in different ways. Since this is my first post on tempeh, I am posting a simple stir fried tempeh with onions. I will post different recipes on tempeh from time to time.... so do stay tuned...
- 2 packets of tempeh (sliced)
- 2 big onions (sliced thinly)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tbsp of sweet soya bean sauce (kicap manis pekat)
- salt (to taste)
- sugar (to taste)
- cooking oil
1) Heat oil in a wok and fry tempeh until slightly brown. Set aside.
2) Heat some oil in the wok again and saute garlic until aromatic.
3) Add fried tempeh and onion. Stir fry until fragrant.
4) Add salt, soya bean sauce and sugar. Stir and mix well. If too dry, add some water.
5) Serve hot.
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