Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Second part of my fav Indonesian food, it called "Orek Tempeh". I always eat this when I was a kid till now, I can't stop eating if my mom or my sister cook this for me, it just like a drug in my blood, I can ate that 5 times a day with hot rice, salty fish/anchovy and Indonesian chilli paste (sambal terasi), and the taste really good, combination between the sweet sauce from orek tempeh and hot from the rice and chilli sauce is really made my day. 

Tempeh is a soyfood made by controlled fermentation of cooked soybeans with a rhizopus molds (tempeh starter). This fermentation binds the soybeans into a compact white cake. Anyway, in my country Indonesia, tempeh has been our favorit food for several hundred years, so I can say, I'm proud of being Indonesian who can cook tempeh very well. And, I believe tempeh has becoming popular all over the world now because they had lots of benefits on it.

So, what is the benefits? here's:
- Tempeh strengthen our bones,
- Tempeh help to ease menopausal sympotms,
- Tempeh reduce risk of coronary heart disease and some cancers.

WHY? cause tempeh has a complete protein food that contains all the essential amino acids and it was really good for vegetarians or vegan also, you can make your own daily meals like sandwich, soup, salads or your favorit food by using tempeh as one of the main ingredients. The taste is really delicious. let me share you my simply handed down recipes from my mom. 

- 1 pack Tempeh (250 gram) 
- 2 cloves shallots, sliced thinly first
- 2 pcs clove onion, sliced thinly first
- Salt, pepper and chilli to taste.
- Oil / margarine
- 2 tablespoon of sweet soy sauce (any brand but I always using "Kecap Bango")
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce

Note: If you're not Indonesian and living in the state, you find tempeh at Indonesian Restaurant or Indonesian store. And, if you are living in Atlanta, GA, you can find it at BATAVIA  or JAVA Tempo Doloe (Indonesian restaurant) at Bufford Highway.

- Paprika
- Anchovy
- Petai beans
note: only if you like or you can changer with another ingredients that you like.

How to Make?
1. Heat the oil or magarin in a large frying pan and fry tempeh over medium heat until slightly browned.
2. Saute the shallots, cloves onion until smells good.
3. Add tempeh, sweet soy sauce, paprika, petai beans and anchovy in the frying pan, stir slowly and cook over medium heat around 5 minutes.
4. Add salt, pepper and chilli to taste till smells good.
5. Served orek tempeh with hot rice! perfect..

Total Time (20 minutes)
Prep : 10 minutes
Cook : 10 minutes
Level : Easy 
Yield : 4 Servings
You might also want to read: Recipes Indonesian Fav Food: Perkedel Kornet.

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