Sambal goreng tempe - Fried tempeh with sweet sauce

Cooking time: 15 min. / 20 min.Difficulty: easy


Sweet variant of fried tempeh. Great and simple Indonesian recipe, which I have learnt on Lombok island from Mario, cool guy from Jawa.


Dice tempeh. The smaller pieces, the more crunchy tempeh will be. Fry in a wok on 3-4 tbs oil till golden brown. Take out from a wok and put aside.

Heat up oil again, fry whole garlic and shallots 2 minutes. Take out of the oil and crush into a paste in a mortar or in a blender.

Heat up oil again, cca 2 tbs, add garlic shallots paste and fry 2 minutes. Add salt, sugar and tamarind paste mixed with a bith of water and simmer on a small heat 2 minutes. Add fried tempeh and kecap manis sauce, mix well and heat through.

Serve with rice.


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For 4 portions:

  • 250 g tempeh
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 tbs kecap manis sauce or dark soya sauce
  • 2 tsp brown or palm sugar
  • 1 tamarind husk mixed with water (or 1 tsp tamarind paste)
  • salt
  • oil

If you love it hot, add:

For non-vegetarian variant you can add too:

Authentic tools needed:



Side dish:

  • rice