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Orek Tempe

Weekend time, finally time for cooking! For today recipe I would like to share one of the vegetarian and most delicious side dish in Indonesia. It is called Orek Tempe, which is a stir fry soybeans. One of the traditional cuisine in Indonesia. The most basic ingredients for this recipe is ‘tempe’.

Tempe is a vegetable made out of fermented soybeans. It is wrapped in banana leaf and leave it for around 2 days. The fungus will grow and form into mold. The mold will knitted together all the beans and give the whitish color, firm texture, also nutty earthy flavor.


Ingredients :

  • 1 package of tempe
  • 3 cloves of white garlic
  • 3 tbsp sweet soy sauce
  • 2 salam leaf
  • 2 cm galangal
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of water

How to make :

Prepare ingredients

  • Wash and dry the garlics, salam leaf, and galangal. Peel and slice the garlics, galangal then set aside.
  • Open and roughly chop the tempe into small size cube. Dice it nicely and set aside.

Prepare to cook

  • Prepare a fry pan and set it into medium heat. Add some cooking oil enough to fry the tempe until half cooked. Remove and drain.
  • Reduce the oil on frying pan and leave it enough to stir fry the ingredients.
  • Pour the garlics, galangal, and salam leaf. Stir fry until it has a nice fragrance.
  • Pour the half cooked tempe into the fry pan and stir fry to mix it with the oil.
  • Add the sweet soy sauce and pour some water. Add salt and sugar for seasoning. Stir and mix it well.
  • Braised the ingredients and bring it to a boil then lower to a simmer. It will take 15 – 20 minutes to braise it.
  • When the water dry and the Tempe color turn into shiny brown, we can turn off the stove and Finish!

This is a really high nutrients dish. High protein, fiber and vitamins, usually served as a side dish and eat with rice. The taste is  sweet savory and the texture is soft. This dish is perfect for vegetarian and children who usually don’t eat vegetable. They love the sweetness. Serve it as a side dish or snack, both are delicious!

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