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Tomato Ginger Tempeh
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Tomato Ginger Tempeh

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Tempeh has one of those flavours that really needs to be disguised. Not saying that you shouldn’t try it, but more like you want to enhance its fermented cheesy flavour. A simple way to remove the initial cheesiness is to thinly slice the tempeh and fry it in vegetable oil until it is dark brown. This also crisps it up and improves the texture significantly.

  • 1 block of tempeh
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, chopped
  • Handful of basil leaves, chopped
  • Splash of soy sauce
  • Dash of sesame oil
  • Oil for frying

Cut the tempeh into finger length pieces that are approximately ½ cm thick. Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan and toast each side of the tempeh until golden brown. Once crispy add the remainder of the ingredients and stir fry, being careful not to break apart the tempeh, as it is delicate.

Serve over rice, or rice noodles.



*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. JustVegan
    This looks delicious. I guess I'm gonna try it. Voted. Come take a look at my pizza recipe and vote if you like.
  2. Veggie
    I love crispy veggies but have never tried Tempeh. I voted and will look for it on my next shopping day!
  3. Veganara
    Voted. It sounds delicious. I tried tempeh for the first time over Xmas and really enjoyed it - I think it was marinated and fried. I stayed in a castle with about 40 other veggies, and all the cooking was done by a top vegetarian chef, so I am currently writing a blog about that, to share here!
    1. kristo
      That sounds like an amazing experience! I can't wait to read about it :)
      1. Veganara
        Thanks Kristo, I thought you might all be interested in that! Hopefully it will be ready in a day or two. One problem at present though is that I haven't been paid for my last 2 Top Posts, and they haven't replied to my query email about it. They seem to be getting more and more tardy with their payments here, and I gather other people are experiencing the same problem. It's difficult for me as I am quite reliant on the money, so I am waiting for my payments before I submit another blog. If the payments don't arrive promptly here any more I will have to find other websites to write for, currently researching that.
  4. Carolyn
    Vote #5 Kristo!
  5. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    Wow! this looks such a tangy n handy snack...even for the gonna try it soon.....Thnz Kristo.....definitely Voted! :)


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