Fried Soybean Cake

Deep Fried Soybean Cake / Tempe

Something simple and fun. We love our soybean cake (or “tempeh” in Indonesian language). It can be sliced as thinly as potato chips, or thick chunky slices. Almost always dunked into some kind of sweet and spicy sauce.

This is prepared the same way all over the country. On street vendor’s food carts, traditional Indonesian eateries, fancy fusion restaurants. ┬áCan be eaten as appetizers, snacks or even as part of many main course dishes.

How to deep fry Soybean Cake

Get one block of soybean fermented cake, slice accordingly.

Sprinkle some salt on the soybean cake slices

Heat one cup of oil in a small frying pan.

When you can spot some smoke coming out of the surface of the heated oil, the oil is ready to take in the soybean cake.

Deep fry in batches till brown and slightly dry. One minute each side is plenty.

How to prepare Spicy Chili and Soy Dip

1/3 cup (30 gr) Thai green small chili

1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar

Using mortal & pestle, grind both ingredients for 3 – 5 minutes.

Mix one teaspoon of the chili paste with three tablespoon of light soy sauce in a bowl.

Set aside the rest of the paste for future use. If refrigerated, the thai chili base paste can last for a couple of weeks. If one teaspoon is too strong / too spicy, reduce the amount of paste or dilute furthermore with soy sauce.

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13 Responses to “Fried Soybean Cake”

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    Farina — November 16, 2008 @ 6:35 pm

    Are these for me Jun? lol. I can finish 2 plates of rice with just these fried tempeh and sambal kicap.

    Farina’s last blog post..Crab in Spicy Plum Sauce

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    paw paw — November 17, 2008 @ 3:05 am

    Hi …
    I love spicy food….
    Will be coming back for more chili fix…*wink*
    Awesome pix ….btw!

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    lk — November 17, 2008 @ 5:58 pm

    Saw this before but no clue on how to cook it. Tks for your recipe. I luv ur photo. Great shot!

    lk’s last blog post..Beetroot soup

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    Shirley — November 18, 2008 @ 5:51 am

    Hi Jun! First time dropping by your blog. I must say, this is a very nice blog! I’m really impressed with the food pictures. Lovely~ May I ask what camera do you use?

    Shirley’s last blog post..Baskin Robbins Feast at Revolving Restaurant

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    elin — November 18, 2008 @ 6:26 am

    The first time I ate this was when my dad-in-law’s maid introduced this dish . After that, I learned to fry it myself and it was really yummy. Crispy and the soybean has a nice fragrant to it after the frying. A healthy snack item! :)

    elin’s last blog post..Daddy’s Beef Steak Special ^ *

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    noobcook — November 18, 2008 @ 7:41 am

    Your photography is stunning! I’ve always wanted to learn how to cook tempeh, thanks for sharing!

    noobcook’s last blog post..Foil-Wrapped Ginseng Chicken

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    Jun — November 18, 2008 @ 9:00 am

    Farina,
    Seriously? You can hang with my brother then. He could do the same thing too.

    PawPaw,
    Oh yes please do. Thanks for dropping by!

    Ik,
    Very easy huh. Just deep fry or pan fry. Sometimes they slice them really thin and they taste like chips. Crunchy and salty

    Shirley,
    I am using Nikon D60 – with standard lens of 18-55mm. I am looking forward to an upgrade very very soon. Hopefully …..

    Elin,
    Yes you are right. Except the deep frying part – not that healthy. LOL

    NoobCook,
    Hey, welcome!

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    mycookinghut — November 18, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

    I havent tried tempeh before.. :(

    mycookinghut’s last blog post..Apple Streusel Muffins

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    The Wind Attack — November 18, 2008 @ 8:53 pm

    Yum. They have this at this Vegetarian Thai place by my work and it’s a delicious nutty treat and the sweet dipping sauce goes perfectly.

    The Wind Attack’s last blog post..Mushroom Fennel Ragu

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    Jun — November 19, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

    MyCookingHut,
    It is a weird little thing. Nutty and you can taste the fermented soy. Which is why it has always been served with some sort of sweet or salty dipping sauce.

    TheWindAttack,
    I didn’t know that it is a common food item in Thai. That is amazing – how most countries down here have so much in common – culinary wise.

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    Gertrude — November 19, 2008 @ 8:22 pm

    I love tempe but I will usually fried it and cook it in sambal :) By the way I love all your pictures here. They are all so beautiful.

    Gertrude’s last blog post..Pecan Tarts

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    mycookinghut — November 19, 2008 @ 11:14 pm

    Jun,
    I really need to try this out… cos I am curious now :)

    mycookinghut’s last blog post..Apple Streusel Muffins

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    pixen — November 20, 2008 @ 9:11 am

    I love to eat tempeh too. It looks like fermented cheese first time I saw it. My favourite Malay food store has tempe cooked with Sambal Ikan Bilis in Petai… it’s so yummy! Tempe is a complete food by its own… Thanks for sharing. Beautiful pictures and recipe!

    pixen’s last blog post..Baked Pork With 3 Mushrooms

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