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Tempeh Goreng Lengkuas - Fried Tempeh in Galangal Sauce

Deep fried plain tempeh is delicious, but when it is cooked this way, it is simply out of this world. All the spices will be absorbed by the tempeh, and the deep fried ground spice will become the most delicious crunchy spice flakes ever. ♥

Tempeh Goreng Lengkuas – Fried Tempeh in Galangal Sauce

Tempeh Goreng Lengkuas - Fried Tempeh in Galangal Sauce

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins

Serves: 8


  • 450 gram tempeh, cut into 1cm x 1cm x 2cm blocks
  • 2 bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • 2 teaspoon palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa)
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 600 ml water
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 100 gram galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas)
  • 8 shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 5 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 3 candlenuts (Indonesian: kemiri)
  • 2 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh)
  • 1 fresh turmeric (Indonesian: kunyit), peeled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander (Indonesian: bubuk ketumbar)


  1. Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Cook uncovered until all liquid has been absorbed by the tempeh. Turn off heat and set aside.
  2. Heat enough oil in a pot for deep frying. Fry the tempeh until golden brown. Serve immediately.


  • Swee San says:

    I love tempeh and I can't believe there's only 2 steps to this ? wow I need to make this soon. Thanks for your recipe.

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