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How to make caramelized sweet soybean cake (tempeh)

Originally a Central Java, Indonesia dish. That is damp, sweet, dark-colored and an alltime favourite dish by most of my family

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Traditional product of Indonesia. Made  by a natural and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form.

Traditional product of Indonesia. Made by a natural and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form.

For this recipe, I like to have my tempeh slightly thick. Approx 1.5 cm wide

For this recipe, I like to have my tempeh slightly thick. Approx 1.5 cm wide

Make some incision on each side. This to help the tempe absorbs the spices more

Make some incision on each side. This to help the tempe absorbs the spices more

Bruised and finely sliced the shallots and garlics. Use dried bayleaves if you dont have the fresh one

Bruised and finely sliced the shallots and garlics. Use dried bayleaves if you dont have the fresh one

Heat a saute-pan or wok. Add in the water, 1 tbsp of margarine, the bayleaves, shallots and garlic slices. Dont forget,  add in 2 tbsp of dark soy ketchup. Without this, this dish has no 'soul' :)

Heat a saute-pan or wok. Add in the water, 1 tbsp of margarine, the bayleaves, shallots and garlic slices. Dont forget, add in 2 tbsp of dark soy ketchup. Without this, this dish has no 'soul' :)

Add in 1/2 tsp of salt, 2 tbsp of granulated white sugar and 1 tbsp of palm sugar....taste test please

Add in 1/2 tsp of salt, 2 tbsp of granulated white sugar and 1 tbsp of palm sugar....taste test please

Add in the tamarinds

Add in the tamarinds

Add in the tempeh. Cover with a lid and let it simmber for 30-40 mnts. Flip on each  side every 15 mnts.

Add in the tempeh. Cover with a lid and let it simmber for 30-40 mnts. Flip on each side every 15 mnts.

U can see those beautiful caramel under the tempeh now. Some people like to fry the end result with 50 ml of oil, but I like to have my tempeh this way

U can see those beautiful caramel under the tempeh now. Some people like to fry the end result with 50 ml of oil, but I like to have my tempeh this way

Transfer to a serving plate. Served warm with some fresh green or red bird's eye chili :) Enjoy!

  • 300.0g Soybean cake (tempeh)
  • 2.0 tamarind
  • 2.0Tbsp dark soy ketchup (sweet)
  • 2.0Tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 1.0Tbsp palm sugar
  • 4.0 shallots
  • 3.0Tbsp cloves of garlic
  • 4.0 bayleaves or salam (Indonesian bay leaves)
  • 1.0Tbsp margarine
  • 150.0ml water or coconut water