Tempe Orek ala Gwyneth Paltrow (Sweet Tempe). “Exclusive”.


makes 4

  • 2 packs of tempe (fermented soy bean)
  • 6 small shallots, thin sliced
  • 8 garlic cloves, thin sliced
  • 2 red chilis, thin sliced
  • 1 piece galangal (a root from the ginger family), sliced & bruised (smash the pieces with the flat part of a knife to release the flavor)
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, smashed
  • 2/3 cup palm sugar, crushed
  • 3 tbsps sweet soy sauce (regular works fine also)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup water
  • vegetable oil, for frying


1. Place vegetable oil in large pot over high heat. (The oil is ready when the tempe sizzles when dropped in.) Cut tempe into fine strips and deep fry until crispy. Set aside.

2. Heat about 2 tablespoons of the frying oil in a stir fry pan or large frying pan over medium high heat. Stir fry shallot, garlic, chili, galangal, lime leaves and lemongrass until fragrant.

3. Add water, sugar and soy sauce to the pan and heat until almost caramelized.

4. Season with salt and mix in the tempe. Stir well.



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