Nov 03

Fried Tempeh with Green Beans and Tofu


Oseng Tempe




Tempe (Tempeh) is a fermented soy bean product originally made in Indonesia. Whole soy beans are mixed with a type of fungus and left to ferment over time in a controlled environment. It is a very natural product and a food source that is rich in nutrients and proteins. To be perfectly honest, I know what tempe is but I have never eaten it before. Yesterday, a friend kindly gave me some and I figured now is just a good a time as any to try something new in my diet. Therefore, in todays recipe I am making a classic Indonesian dish of fried tempe with green beans and tofu … also known as ‘oseng tempe‘. I had to email my aunt, who lives in Jakarta, for this.





  • Sambal oelek
  • 1 cup French string beans
  • 1/2 cup deep fried tofu
  • 1/2 cup tempe
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, concasse
  • 1 tsp belaccan paste
  • 1 tsp dry shrimp
  • 1/2 stalk lemongrass
  • 2 cm fresh galangal or ginger root.
  • salt to taste




Start off with the preparation of the tempe. This is what it looks like in its raw form. They come in blocks and need to be cut to size.


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After you cut them into the desired size, deep fry them in hot vegetable oil until golden and crispy. Set them aside in kitchen paper to drain.

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Now prep the other ingredients. So make the sambal you will need sambal oelek from a jar, some diced fresh tomatoes, dried shrimp paste, dried shrimps, shallots, ginger root, garlic, lemongrass and some water. Place all into a blender and pulse until you get a paste.

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In a frying pan, heat some veggie oil and stir fry the beans lightly. When they are half cooked, add in the sambal paste and stir to coat. If the mixture is too dry, add a little water, cover and steam the beans for 2 – 3 mins.



Now add in the fried tempe and the fried tofu pieces. Taste for seasoning and serve immediately.




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~ ENjoy ~


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