Indonesia Eats

Pecel Terong Tempe (Surabaya Steamed Eggplants and Tempe with Spiced Coconut Milk Sauce)

My… my… my… this is one of my soulfood. I had been tempted to make it long time ago, but I kept delaying. Finally, I made this by adapting mbak Emi’s recipe. According mbak Emi, she didn’t add any shallot, but I did add a shallot in, but don’t add to much or you will ruin the taste. She was right not to add shallot in.

While I was trying to translate this recipe’s name into English, it looks such a long name, while in bahasa Indonesia itself has a more simple name.

Back then, my family used to add boiled eggs as well. Anyway, this recipe was posted on my multiply on November 20, 2007.

Ingredients:
150 g Asian eggplants
175 g tempe
300 ml coconut milk (not too thick not too thin)
salt and sugar to season

Grind into a paste
3 cloves garlic
1 shallot (better skip this)
3 candlenuts, toasted
1/2 tsp terasi (dried shrimp paste), toasted
2 red chillies
3 bird’s eye chillies (add more if you like spicy)
2 cm kencur (also known as kaempferia galangal)
3 kaffir lime leaves

Directions:
Steam tempe and eggplants.

In a pot, add coconut milk, spiced paste, salt and sugar. Simmer for couple minutes until thicken and well mixed.

Place eggplants and tempe on a serving plate. Pour the coconut milk mixture over. Depress eggplants and tempe a bit, so they will be mixed with the sauce.

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4 thoughts on “Pecel Terong Tempe (Surabaya Steamed Eggplants and Tempe with Spiced Coconut Milk Sauce)”

  1. Great recipes, makes my mouyh water! What kind of tempe (tahu) is used?Firm, fried, soft etc?Keep those recipes coming please.Joost, Perth, Australia

  2. Great recipes, makes my mouyh water!
    What kind of tempe (tahu) is used?
    Firm, fried, soft etc?Keep those recipes coming please.
    Joost, Perth, Australia

  3. I used tempe, and there is only one choice for tempe in the asian market here. regular tempe which has the same taste like tempe in Indonesia. For tahu , buy tahu from asian market, I don;t really like tahu from regular stores, it tastes different

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    I used tempe, and there is only one choice for tempe in the asian market here. regular tempe which has the same taste like tempe in Indonesia. For tahu , buy tahu from asian market, I don;t really like tahu from regular stores, it tastes different

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