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Terik Tahu dan Tempeh - Tofu and Tempeh Stew in Coconut Milk

Recently, I learned about the difference between opor and terik. Apparently, opor tends to have a runnier sauce, while a terik is when the sauce is reduced even further and it starts clinging to the main ingredient, this usually means chicken, hard boiled egg, tofu, and/or tempeh. Taste wise, they are very very similar (with the omission of cumin in a terik), and most people will just use their trusted opor recipe and up the cooking time until the sauce clings, and that will be okay too. I simply tweaked mine a bit to ensure extra creaminess which one would expect from a good terik. ♥

Terik Tahu dan Tempeh - Tofu and Tempeh Stew in Coconut Milk

Terik Tahu dan Tempeh - Tofu and Tempeh Stew in Coconut Milk

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Total Time: 1 hour

Serves: 4


  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves (Indonesian: daun jeruk)
  • 1 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh), cut and bruised
  • 500 ml coconut milk
  • 300 ml water
  • 250 gram tempeh, cut into bite sizes, deep fried
  • 250 gram tofu, cut into bite sizes, deep fried
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 100 gram shallot (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 4 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 5 candlenuts (Indonesian: kemiri)
  • 1 inch galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas)
  • 2 teaspoon coriander seeds (Indonesian: biji ketumbar)
  • 1 teaspoon palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa)
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat oil and sauté spice paste until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes
  2. Add bay leaves, kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass, cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add coconut milk, water, fried tempeh, and fried tofu. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat, and simmer until the sauce has reduced and clings to tofu and tempeh.
  5. Turn off heat, and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with steamed white rice.


  • Natz Daisy says:

    Niceee !!! Thanx for the recipe Anita ^^

    • Anita says:

      You are welcome Natz :)

  • Ari says:

    Ahhh, I see... Saw a "terik" menu at Sheraton a few weeks ago and had no idea what it was supposed to be. Thank you for the enlightenment!

    • Anita says:

      You are welcome :)

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