Stir-fried Tempe-Beans-Dried Fish

I have been craving to eat dried fish. It’s salty and crunchy (if you deep fry them). It can be found relatively easy in the big Asian supermarket in Stuttgart, which I bought a few months ago but never got the chance to cook it. Here I found the idea of mixing tempe and dried fish, without having to use “too much” oil and still be able to add in some green. This dish can be cooked also for vegetarian, just remove the dried fish. I really enjoy this simple dish with steamed white rice. Yummyyy…. 🙂

DSC01857.JPGTotal time: 30 minutes

Serving: 4


400 g               Tempe, cut into rectangular shape, or any shape you prefer

250 g               Beans, cut into approx. 2-3 cm length

1 cup               Dried fish (optional), you can also replace it with shrimp

4                      Shallots, chopped

4                      garlics, chopped

3                      big chilies (according to taste)

1                      lemon grass, smashed

4 cm                galangal, cut and smashed

2 tbsp              oyster sauce

2 tbsp              light soy sauce

4 tbsp              sweet soy sauce

4 tbsp              water

200 ml             vegetable oilDSC01831.JPGDSC01835.JPGDSC01834.JPGDSC01836.JPG


  • Prepare a wok/cooking pan on medium-high with vegetable oil. Once it’s heated, deep fry the tempe until it’s golden brown. Set aside on a kitchen towel.DSC01839.JPGDSC01841.JPG
  • Deep fry the dried fish until it’s golden brown. Set aside on a kitchen towel.DSC01843.JPGDSC01844.JPG
  • Set aside the vegetable oil and leave about 3 table spoon for stirring.
  • Throw in shallot, garlic, chilies, lemon grass, and galangal. Stir until it’s fragrant.DSC01845.JPG
  • Add in the beans, stir about 3-4 minutes.DSC01847.JPG
  • Add in the tempe.DSC01849.JPG
  • Flavor with the oyster sauce, light soy sauce, and sweet soy sauce.DSC01850.JPG
  • Stir until it’s well mixed. If it’s too dry, add some water to keep the tempe moisturized. Cover with a lid for 2-3 minutes.DSC01851.JPG
  • Lastly, throw in the dried fish, stir until all is well combined.DSC01852.JPGDSC01856.JPG

Author: Dewi

Hello there! If you are stopping by this page, you are probably searching for easy Asian home-cook meal inspirations that are uncomplicated, quick, budget-friendly, and still tasty and delishhh….. That’s what I am going to share in this blog. I am not a chef, I cook because I love it and I enjoy it. To give you a little background of who I am…. My name is Dewi, a self-made home-cook who enjoys filling her kitchen in with tasty and delicious of Asian food. I was born and grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia where I have never learned how to cook (except frying an egg or two, add soy sauce, and eat it with rice) and never thought I would have to cook ever in my life. Because my mom, who was (still is) the “family chef” had never encouraged the children to be involved in the kitchen. So, my passion for food and cooking came later on when I went abroad. In 2006, I moved to Beijing, China where I lived for a good 9 years. I occasionally cooked as I preferred to eat out or to order in, for a simple reason, it’s convenient and affordable (back then). My cooking journey became more apparent in 2015 when I decided to move to Germany. Eating out, especially for Asian food is expensive and not authentic. The selection of Asian restaurants is limited and because of the high price, it would mean that I would have to burn a hole in my pocket if I want to do it often. So now that I have a small family (my husband, my son, and I), I cook not only for myself but also for them. I like to try new things like occasional baking or non-Asian food. For that being said, I want to share my cooking journey with you and hope that you can find new food inspirations that you can do yourself at home, either for yourself or your family, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Happy cooking! =) Xoxo Dewi

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