What is tempeh made of?Like tofu, tempeh is made from soybeans. However, it is less processed than the latter. Tofu is a product of soaking, crushing, and boiling the soybeans to separate the curds, which will become the tofu, from the whey. Tempeh, on the other hand, is made from whole soybeans that are cooked and slightly fermented. This fermentation process makes the starches in tempeh more easily digestible, add healthy probiotics to the product, and give it that firm, veggie-burger texture.
Where does tempeh come from?Indonesians have been cooking and eating tempeh for thousands of years. It is a nutrient- and protein-dense food that was first mentioned in the Javanese history volume. It then became commonplace in vegetarian and vegan cooking in recent years.
How to cook tempehTempeh has a mild savory, nutty, earthy flavor that’s comparable to mushrooms. Now that it’s becoming more popular, you can get it in any supermarket in the Whole Foods section. You can get it in regular, multigrain, flax, and other varieties depending on your preference. If it’s your first time cooking tempeh, it’s best to start with the classic soy variety and try different ones as you learn more recipes.
- Steamed tempeh
- Tempeh-based sauce
- Stir-fried tempeh