Archive for January, 2009

Tumis Tempe Saus Tauco | Sauteed Tempeh with Black Bean Sauce

Ever since I succeeded making my own tempeh, I just got so excited about it and make it over and over again. I have done 6 trials and 2 of them were a success. I failed 4 times, but this last time I succeeded. I’ll post about the tempeh making process sometimes. So, from that last successful attempt, I made this dish, which is basically sauteing the tempeh with Black Bean sauce.


500 gram tempeh, cut into 0.5″ dices
3 clove garlic, minced
3 clove shallots, minced
1 long red pepper, cut thinly
3 Thai bird eye chili, chopped
½ tsp ginger paste
1 tsp galangal powder (if using real galangal root, cut a 0.5″ piece and crush it)
2 Tbsp fish sauce
3 Tbsp sweet soy sauce
3 Tbsp black bean sauce (tauco)
3 Tbsp tamarind (liquid essence from boiling approx. 1″ tamarind)
1 tsp sugar (to taste)
½ tsp salt (to taste)
3 Tbsp water

In a medium heated pan, add 1 Tbsp vegetable oil.
Stir in garlic and shallots until fragrant.
Add in the bird’s eye chili, ginger paste, and galangal powder, and stir until well mixed.
Add in the fish sauce, sweet soy sauce and black bean sauce.
Put in the tempeh.
Pour in the tamarind liquid and stir until well mixed.
Add salt, sugar, water, and then check for seasoning.
Serve warm with rice.