Simple Tempeh Pedas (Spicy Tempeh)

Simple Tempeh Pedas (Spicy Tempeh)

Sambal goreng tempe is a definitive Indonesian dish. It's often served with nasi campur rice plates. It has a sweet and spicy taste for mature palates.

Ingredients: 2 servings

as much as desired
★Fresh chili peppers (red chili pepper)
★Shallots (or red onions)
1 clove
★Terasi (fermented shrimp paste)
about 1 teaspoon
★Palm sugar (or any sugar of your choice)
1 pinch
★High quality salt
1 pinch
Kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) (or honey and soy sauce)
1 tablespoon
Soy bean oil (or your choice of oil)
as needed
You can substitue special ingredients with the ingredients written in brackets. Vegans may use maple syrup instead of honey, and leave out the terasi.


1. Finely chop the tempeh.
2. Fry the tempeh in a frying pan (in 2-3 batches).
3. Grind up the ★ ingredients in a stone mortar to make the sambal.
4. If you finely chop the ★ ingredients and then add them in the order listed, it will be easiest.
5. Once you have a paste, leave 1 tablespoon oil in the frying pan from Step 2 and lightly stir-fry the sambal. Then, mix it with the tempeh and kecap manis.
6. It's ready! You can also top it with a citrus peel for a zesty flavour.

Story Behind this Recipe

I learnt this recipe for sambal from my mother-in-law. My recipe is the same as hers, except she doesn't heat the terasi. This tastes different every time I make it, although I'm not sure why.