Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sambal Tumis Tempeh dan Ikan Bilis / Anchovies and Tempeh Sambal

sambal tempeh anchovies
Tempeh, a fermented soybean is mostly associated with Orang Jawa or Javanese. Like tofu, tempeh is made of soybean but retained in whole soybean shape. Since Malaysia is close to Indonesia, it is no wonder tempeh is very popular especially in the state of Johor. Actually I only know of this fact after talking to my ex-schoolmate yesterday. My father is a Johorean so we eat tempeh all the time and so I thought everybody eats tempeh too. Apparently I was wrong.

While tempeh is easily found in Malaysia, here in the US you can only find them either at the asian stores or specialty stores like Trader Joe's (California) which is of course a bit more expensive. My friend Gert of My Kitchen Snippet brought me some tempeh when she came here for a holiday and I just deep fried and eat them with sambal kicap (soy sauce sambal). When I managed to find some more tempeh from the asian store, I decided to make Sambal Tumis Tempeh and Ikan Bilis. Here is the recipe and I hope you will enjoy it.

Sambal Tumis Tempeh dan Ikan Bilis

4oz Sambal Tumis
A block of tempeh, cut into small pieces
A handful of anchovies - cleaned, rinsed and drained
1/2 onion, sliced
Oil for frying

1. In a frying pan (or pot), fry the tempeh, set aside and then fry the anchovies and set aside.

2. In another pan, heat about 2 tbs of vegetable oil and sauteed the onion. Add sambal and stir until it thickened.

3. Add in tempeh and anchovies and stir until they are fully coat by the sambal.

4. Enjoy with warm white rice or on toast.

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15 comments:

Sara said...

This looks delicious! I've never had tempeh, but I've heard great things about it.

BeeBee said...

Lazat....

Sri said...

Fa, you can find tempeh at Whole Foods too!!! They have different flavors...most unheard of!!!

MamaFaMi said...

Yummy yummy... but I like mine with a bit more sambal...

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow something new again for me. Looks yum.....

Kak Teh said...

Farina, kak teh ni demam, tengok sambal tempeh rasa macam nak makan sekarang ni jugak! Mana nak cari? My husband used to make tempeh, tapi masa tu belum pandai makan lagi.

Salt N Turmeric said...

Sara, tempeh is pretty popular among the vegetarian as substitute for meat.

Mas, now whenever im hungry id just make some toast and eat it with sambal tempeh. yum!

Sri, not sure where whole foods is here but wont be looking since i prefer the plain version that im used to. goreng salut tepung makan dgn sabal kicap!

Mama, actually masa i buat tu i think terlebih sambal so my sambal tak kering sgt like i wanted. but its good enough to eat again and again and again. lol.

Lubna, :)

Kak Teh, mintaklah AG buat tempeh lagi for you. ;)

noobcook said...

I've always wanted to learn to cook tempeh. It is delicious and so healthy.

mº¿ºsh, brecht and nora said...

I absolutely LOVE tempeh Farina, almost all malays in Singapore eats tempeh... will definitely give this recipe a try as soon as i find a tempeh, they hv tempeh here only a few months once.... sedih, selalu mengidam for tempeh....

OK hv a gd weekend, i shall go continue packing! I cant believe we hv so much things.... pondok kecik pun banyak nak kena pack, cant wait to move!

ICook4Fun said...

Tempe is one thing that I will never get tired off. I like the way you cook it with ikan bilis.

tigerfish said...

I like the malay dish - tempeh with spicy green beans

Salt N Turmeric said...

Wiffy, healthy and yummy. :)

Mush, tempeh bermusim ke kat sana? Barulah I tau. Takpe, next time you jumpa tempeh, beli byk2 and simpan dlm freezer so dia tahan lama.

Gert, tambah kentang pun sedap jugak. I didnt have any tht time sbb tu i tak letak.

Tigerfish, thats another yummy dish!

Jo said...

This looks really delicious and I think I can just have this with a plate of rice. I also love tempeh in sambal goreng, yum!

VG said...

I can't remember the last time I makan tempeh. Looks delicious Farina. Also, Pls collect your award from my blog.

Salt N Turmeric said...

Jo, whenever im lazy, id just goreng salut tepung and eat with sambal kicap. yummy!

Vin, is it easy to get tempeh in Australia? Il hop over. TQ!