Sweet & Spicy Tempeh and Long Bean

Updated: Nov 20, 2019

We received some homemade tempeh from one of the members of our foodie community. We'd never cooked with it before and were thrilled to give it a try. We decided to go sweet and spicy, and threw in a bit of baby kale that was looking lonely in the fridge. This is a delicious and easy vegetarian meal.


•If you've never bruised and knotted lemongrass before, here's a helpful video by Saveur: https://youtu.be/z_dqxvqc9r0

• Long beans are readily available at Asian markets. French green beans make an excellent substitute. You can use regular green beans by they might need a minute or two longer in the pan.

• Palm sugar can also be found in Asian markets. Maple sugar makes a good substitute, but you can also use dark brown sugar.


2 medium shallots 3 cloves garlic 1 inch peeled ginger

300 gram tempeh cut into matchsticks

1 lemongrass , bruised and knotted

1.5 tablespoon palm sugar

3 tablespoon soy sauce 2 tablespoons garlic chili oil 250 g long beans cut into bite sized pieces

2.5 oz baby kale or spinach (optional)

Peanut Oil and Canola Oil


1. Blend or grind shallots, garlic and ginger into a paste. 2. Heat enough oil in a frying pan for deep frying. Deep fry tempeh until golden brown, and place on paper towel to dry. Drain the oil from the pan, leaving about 2 tablespoon of oil. Sauté spice paste and lemongrass until fragrant, about 3 minutes.

3. Add long beans, palm sugar, soy sauce and garlic chili. Sauteé until long beans are tender but still have a bit of crunch. About 2 minutes. Add baby kale and sauteé until wilted.

4. Remove lemongrass knot. Serve over hot rice.

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