Tempe Orek (Indonesian crisp sweet&sour tempe)

Since I started my german class and the place has no microwave, I need to always think of food that I can eat cold or room temperature. And this sweet sour tempe is perfect! It can be eaten with rice both cold and warm, as a side dish, or as a snack.


Total Time: 40 minutes

Serving: 4


400 g               Tempe, cut in small-thin slices

50 g                 peanuts (optional)

250 ml             vegetable oil



4                      shallot, thin-sliced

3                      garlic, thin-sliced

1 cm                galangal, crushed

2                      chilies, sliced

3-4                   lime leaf

4 tbsp              sweet soy sauce

2 tbsp              tamarind, dissolved in ¼ cup of hot water

10 g                 palm sugar, choppedDSC02177.JPG


  • Heat up the vegetable oil in a wok/deep frying pan on medium-high.
  • Deep fry tempe until golden brown. Set aside on a kitchen paper.DSC02181.JPG
  • Deep fry peanuts until brown. Set aside on a kitchen paper. (optional)DSC02183.JPG
  • Heat up the wok on medium-high with a few spoon of vegetable oil, throw in garlic, shallots, chilies, galangal, and lime leaves. Stir for about 1-2 minutes until it’s fragrant.DSC02184.JPGDSC02185.JPG
  • Add in the rest of the sauce ingredients, stir for a few minutes until it’s boiling.DSC02186.JPGDSC02187.JPG
  • Turn down the heat to medium-low, throw in the fried tempe and peanuts.DSC02191.JPGDSC02192.JPG
  • Stir for another 3-4 minutes until the sauce is well absorbed and it looks slightly sticky. Ready to serve.DSC02194.JPGDSC02196.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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