Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tempeh with Thai-Coconut Sauce

Ok, so my fancy schmancy camera is broken and I'm a little bit devastated. As, I'm sure, are you now that you have to be satisfied with Instagram photos of my delicious creations instead of the incredibly high-level photographs you've come to expect. *cough*.

Although, having said that, I must tell you I didn't create this, I simply saw this recipe and adapted it exponentially to the taste sensation it turned out to be. Man, I love Thai-inspired food.

I don't even remember the first time I tried something with coconut milk in it, all I know is I've been saving recipes that have it for years because it became a firm favourite.

This is reasonably simple, and calls for all the things that make Thai dishes so good - chilli, garlic, coriander, coconut milk, lime... oh boy.

This will probably feed two, with leftovers. Feel free to double or otherwise tweak to your liking - as I recommend with all recipes!

1 block tempeh, cut either into strips or diced
1/2 cup vegetable stock
2-3 tablespoons of soy sauce (I used light soy, so needed more)
1-inch piece grated ginger
chopped chillies according to your heat preference
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 400ml can good-quality coconut milk
chopped veggies - I used carrot, mushroom, broccoli and zucchini
2 sliced green onions
pinch salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
juice of 1 lime
coriander and extra sliced chilli, to serve


1. Marinate the tempeh cubes in stock, soy, ginger, garlic and chilli for as long as you like.

2. Scoop out tempeh and set aside. Scoop out ginger, garlic and chilli from the marinade and fry gently with green onion until flavours are released.

3. Turn up the heat a little and add tempeh, cooking about 5 minutes until golden.

4. Turn heat down to low, and add coconut milk, salt and sugar. You can also add a little extra stock here for flavour if you like. Add veggies.

5. Just before serving, after the sauce has heated through, squeeze in the juice of lime. Top each serving with coriander and chilli


  1. ANB of Suburban SonnettJanuary 31, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    What's tempeh? Is it different to tofu?

  2. It is different, yes - but you can totally substitute tofu if you like!
    This should explain it a little more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempeh

  3. omigodddddddd. this looks incredible! i wonder if i can get the ol' man to try tempeh?