Tempeh is a fermented, compressed soybean product which originated in Indonesia. It is major meat alternative in Southeast Asia and is often the number one vegetarian option in restaurants and roadside eateries. For those who have not yet tasted it, the flavour can be difficult to get used to because of the fermentation. A little cheesy, a little yeasty, and the texture is somewhat similar to a soft meat, but there is a lot that can be done with this strange block of beans!
A delicious, and very easy street food is tempeh sate, smothered in peanut sauce.
This dish is perfect as an appetizer, a snack, or a light meal, and can be prepared from start to finish in 20 minutes!
For 10-12 sate
1 block tempeh cubed
oil for frying
2 tablespoons organic peanut butter
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon hot chilli sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons water
bamboo/ wooden skewers
Skewer four to five, ½ inch pieces of tempeh. Heat oil in a frying pan and lightly fry each tempeh skewer until golden brown. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine all other ingredients and mix into a smooth and uniform paste.
Arrange sate on a plate and smother with peanut sauce.