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Sambal Goreng Tempeh – Sweet and Spicy Fried Tempeh Recipe

Sambal Goreng Tempeh - Sweet and Spicy Fried Tempeh

Sambal Goreng Tempeh – Sweet and Spicy Fried Tempeh Recipe

Sweetened with palm sugar and spiced with galangal, lemongrass, shrimp paste, tamarind and chilies, this dish is a Javanese favorite.

Ingredients :

  • 2 cakes tempeh (1 lb/ 500 g in total)
  • Oil, for deep-frying
  • 2 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 2 red finger-length chilies, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 in (21/2 cm) fresh galangal, peeled and sliced
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, thick bottom third only, outer layers discarded, inner part bruised
  • 1/teaspoon dried shrimp paste (trasi), dry-roasted
  • 3 tablespoons shaved palm sugar or dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Method :

  1. Slice the tempeh into long, narrow strips. Heat the oil in a wok over high heat and deep-fry the tempeh strips until browned and crispy, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the hot oil and set aside to drain on paper towels.
  2. Drain the oil from the wok and wipe it clean. Heat 1 tablespoon of fresh oil in the wok over medium heat and stir-fry the shallots, garlic, chilies, galangal, lemongrass and dried shrimp paste for 3 to 5 minutes until fragrant. Add the palm sugar, water and tamarind juice, and stir-fry until the sugar has completely dissolved and begins to caramelize. Add the deep-fried tempeh strips and stir-fry until the sauce has thickened and completely coats the tempeh, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with the salt and remove from the heat. Discard the galangal and lemongrass, and garnish with sliced chili, if desired.

Serves 2 to 4
Preparation time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 20 mins

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Source :
The Food of Indonesia
Delicious Recipes from Bali, Java and the Spice Islands
by Heinz von Holzen & Lother Arsana
photos by Heinz von Holzen

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See also Indonesian Recipe “Tempeh Stewed in Coconut Milk and Spices Recipe – Resep Gulai Tempeh”