Wanderfood Wednesday — An Oh So Tempting Balinese Snack — Tempeh Manis

Posted by on Apr 28, 2010 in Bali, Bali, Destinations, Food | 10 comments

Tempeh Manis is a delicious snack food that I was introduced to and learned how to make at the Bumi Bali Cooking School on Monkey Forest Road in Ubud, Bali. That was way back in 2010, but I have fond memories of that day and the introduction to some awesome Indonesian cuisine.


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I don’t know a whole lot about Tempeh other than it’s similar to tofu but much firmer. If you want to know more about soy-based tempeh you can check out this link, tempeh. The word “manis” means sweet. Anyone with a sweet tooth loves tempeh manis!



Like tofu, tempeh is almost tasteless on its own. However, when cooked, it absorbs the flavors of the other ingredients in the pan.
It’s a quick dish to serve as an appetizer or a delicious snack. Here’s the recipe.

1/2 lb tempeh (one block)
1 cup peanuts (optional)
2 cups small dried fish (optional)
2 TBs. dark brown sugar
3 cloves garlic
2 red chili peppers
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Cut the raw tempeh into strips. Fry until it just starts to turn brown, set aside. Fry peanuts set aside. Fry fish, set aside. Fry chopped garlic and chilies. Mix in salt and pepper. Add tempeh, peanuts, and fish. Mix in sugar. Stir completely and remove from heat. The cooking time for Tempeh Manis is short, so don’t wander away from the stove for any length of time.

(Tip: Use an oil that does not burn easily.)

Voila! You have a delicious snack or appetizer.

Tempe Manis

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Bumi Bali Cooking School, Monkey Forest Road, Ubud; Phone:  62 0361 976698

You’ll find mixed reviews on Trip Advisor. Personally, I enjoyed the experience and will return the next time I’m in Ubud.

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