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Tempeh Manis

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Tempeh Manis

This tempeh recipe has authentic flavour and was taught to me by a villager in Bali. Usually, Tempeh Manis is deep-fried to gain the crispiness, but oven baking has the same effect, making it a healthy choice when cooking Indonesia’s wonderful cuisine.

Serves: 4



  • 600g tempeh, sliced thinly into 3cm-long sticks
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 red shallots, finely diced
  • 4 red chillies, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 4 tbsp kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 2 tsp vegan fish sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice, to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Place tempeh sticks on baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for about 30 mins, until golden brown and super-crisp.
  3. Heat wok or on high heat, add garlic, shallots and chillies and sauté until aromatic.
  4. Add tomato and cook until softened. Add baked tempeh, kecap manis, tamari and fish sauce, and stir until tempeh is coated in the sauce and sticky. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve with cooked brown rice.


Adam Guthrie

Adam is a vegan whose passion for food began with a life-threatening illness and continues today in a lifestyle built around healthy cooking and eating. Adam is a qualified chef and wellness coach who specialises in a wholefood, plant-based diet. Adam shares how to prepare delicious, healthy food for health, energy and vitality. He conducts online healthy eating and wellness programs and gives keynote talks, live cooking demonstrations and cooking classes on the subject of healthy eating and living well.