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 Post subject: I want to like tempeh but I don't - help please
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 1:11 pm 
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Hi,

I like the idea of tempeh. Who doesn't? It's mouldy beans!

I buy it, cook it, sometimes don't mind it, but to me it non-figuratively tastes of cardboard. Tempeh bacon tastes like cardboard with smokey flavouring. The only nice way I've had it done was with chilli, garlic and sugar, which was amazing, so I know it's possible. Does anyone have any recipes to convert me?

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 Post subject: Re: I want to like tempeh but I don't - help please
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 1:39 pm 
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The only nice way I've had it done was with chilli, garlic and sugar, which was amazing, so I know it's possible. Does anyone have any recipes to convert me?


This was what I was going to suggest- plus maybe go to a few Indonesian restaurants or try some Indonesian recipes. They invented it, they oughta know the best way to cook it!

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 Post subject: Re: I want to like tempeh but I don't - help please
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 1:54 pm 
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my advice is to just keep trying it.
i used to HATE tempeh and now im finding i almost kind of like it.
i think your taste buds change as time passes

do you steam it before you use it? that takes away some of the bitterness of it. steam it for like 10 minutes like you woudl steam veggies then continue on using it in whatever recipe as normal.

the first recipe i could tolerate tempeh in was the shawarmas from Vegan Table.
i love love love the tempeh croutons that go on the caesar salad in Isa Does It.

keep at it your taste buds may evolve over time.

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 Post subject: Re: I want to like tempeh but I don't - help please
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 1:57 pm 
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I am not a big fan, but I thought the sweet potato and tempeh dish in Appetite for Reduction was quite tasty.

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I love tempeh when done well, but I find it's really easy for it to become gross. For me, it has to be roasted or pan fried. I even like it pan fried dry (no oil) so that it turns golden. I've even happily snacked on it like that with mayo! A lot of Euro-style restaurants get it wrong, and it ends up mushy, which is gross. Indonesian restaurants -- like Erika said -- get it all kinds of right.

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I didn't like it & then I made the Spicy Meatballs from IDI. They converted me...
I like all the different tempeh salads from Salad Samurai too, especially the BKT, Pepperoni Tempeh Pizza Salad & Tempeh Taco Salad Bowl.


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I'm not crazy about it either.. its a texture thing to me. I've had dishes at restaurants I enjoyed it in, but I never tend to like things that I make with it myself. Tofurky's tempeh bacon is an abomination (forgive me Tofurky for speaking ill of you, I love pretty much everything else).


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I really like the spaghetti and tempeh meatballs from IDI.


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I used to hate it and think it was completely disgusting. Then I had them fried with lots of spices in a restaurant and liked it. Now I really like eating it cold out of the fridge on crackers or just plain. I love it in any shape or form.

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 Post subject: Re: I want to like tempeh but I don't - help please
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I made tempeh once and steamed it. I made it a second time and didn't. I didn't notice much of a difference. I eat it raw out of the package. I am no help.

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 Post subject: Re: I want to like tempeh but I don't - help please
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Like Erika says, the only amazing tempeh I have ever had was indonesian and involved a keg of oil and about a pound of nuts. Amazing stuff but not the kind of thing I would want to eat regularly.

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The only way I like tempeh is crumbled and sausage-y seasoned (like fennel, etc...) I love ths tempeh sausage pastry puff filling from Vegan Brunch and the caldo verde from AFR. But that's about it. I can't like biting into a big chunk of it. I guess if you really want to like it keep trying different preparations.

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 Post subject: Re: I want to like tempeh but I don't - help please
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I love the tempeh sushi recipe in VCon, that was the first tempeh I ever liked, and now I eat it all the time in pretty much any recipe.

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 Post subject: Re: I want to like tempeh but I don't - help please
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I cannot say that I like it ... I feel nothing about it ... every time I have fixed it to eat it is just something supporting the wonderful spices / sauces I have around it ... I have done Isa's chimichurri tempeh ...

try again or you know ... you can give up on it ... lots of other lovely things to eat ...

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 Post subject: Re: I want to like tempeh but I don't - help please
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I love tempeh but I usually pair it with something strong. For example, I have made tempeh, cabbage, and saurkraut and added it to a sandwich. Or cubed tempeh sauteed with pineapple, onion, broccoli, and spicy mustard/pineapple sauce.

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Both the tempeh balls for spaghetti and the tempeh orzilla from IDI are really great. The latter almost reminded me of popcorn.


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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 7:45 am 
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I agree with Moon that steaming Tempeh doesn't do much. I think a lot depends on the Tempeh itself, some tastes far better than others. My favorite is from www.freshtempeh.co.uk . I bought some from a company on eBay a while ago because the Fresh Tempeh company closed for a bit (now reopened) and it tasted like evil.

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 Post subject: Re: I want to like tempeh but I don't - help please
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http://www.veganricha.com/2011/10/tempe ... vegan.html This is the recipe that made me realise tempeh could be good.

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 9:10 am 
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I agree tha kind matters. I like tempeh of all kinds, but my kids only like the one that's made locally. That's probably not super helpful if you don't live near Madison and can buy the one Bandung makes. There's a huge difference between Bandung's tempeh or Lightlife/Tofurky. Bandung's milder and not nearly as bitter. So, try different brands, maybe?


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 Post subject: Re: I want to like tempeh but I don't - help please
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Moon wrote:
I made tempeh once and steamed it. I made it a second time and didn't. I didn't notice much of a difference. I eat it raw out of the package. I am no help.


i dont know why but this made me LOL and snort ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: I want to like tempeh but I don't - help please
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oh man i think steaming it makes a huge difference

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 Post subject: Re: I want to like tempeh but I don't - help please
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i love the tempeh sushi filling in VCon, and the crumbled tempeh sausage recipes in various cookbooks.

The first way I ever had tempeh was tempeh steamed and then baked smothered in homemade BBQ sauce. If you like BBQ sauce, Id give that a try!

I only steam tempeh if I'm going to soak it in marinade, or use it in sushi. If it's just going to be stir fried I don't bother. The softening up from steamy really does seem to help it absorb the marinade.


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 Post subject: Re: I want to like tempeh but I don't - help please
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There are 3 ways I love tempeh.

1. Tempeh Tickle from Dreena Burton's Let Them Eat Vegan
2. Mrsbadmouth's tempeh wingz http://donteatoffthesidewalk.com/the-zi ... e-recipes/
3. The chesapeake tempeh cakes from Vegan Brunch

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 Post subject: Re: I want to like tempeh but I don't - help please
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I like it best in Buffalo wing sauce. It's a great substitute for the wings.


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 Post subject: Re: I want to like tempeh but I don't - help please
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 12:16 pm 
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I tried cooking tempeh at home and thought it tasted so bitter, steamed or not beforehand, but then I bought marinated tempeh from a local vegan restaurant to cook at home, and that made all the difference in the world. I'm thinking next time I try to cook it I will most definitely have it marinate first. Maybe that would help too!


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