Fried sweet Tempe and Tahu (Tofu) Bacem

Tempe and Tahu Bacem

Tempe(h) and Tahu Bacem a javanese traditional dish, boiled with spices and palm sugar.

Indonesian people love this dish because it taste sooo good, lots of flavor, sweet and nutty. Tempe is a traditional soy product from Indonesia and has this firm and meaty texture. Vegetarian can use this tempe as a substitute for meat. It contains a lot of vitamins, fiber and like Tofu high protein. Tempe and Tofu can be fix in any dishes. You can (stir-) fried,  soups (Lodeh) , stew, or even make salads. Sundanese people love to eat this with white rice, sambal (hot sauce)  and vegetables (lalap).

Here is how to prepare tempeh and Tofu bacem:

– 1 Tofu
– 1 Tempe
– 3 Garlic cloves
– 5 Shallots
– 2 tsp Coriander
– Liquid Palm sugar (depends how sweet you want it)
– 2 Daun Salam (Indonesian Bay leaves)
– 1 little piece of Laos (galangal)
– 1 tsp Salt
– 1 tsp Tamarind paste
– 1 cup cooking oil
– water ( if you want coconut water)


* Cut the Tempeh into 2-inches x 2 1/2-inches pieces. And the Tofu in triangle shape. Slice the garlic and shallots.
* Put all the ingredients into a pan and pour some water and cooking oil with it.
* Cook the Tempeh and Tofu with the spices and palm sugar on high heat until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat and let it cool of a little bit .
* Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the Tempeh and Tofu about 5 minutes until golden brown on both sides.
* Remove from the oil and drain.

Selamat makan! Bon appetit!

On the pictures below we used 2 Tempe and 2 Tofu, ( 2 times the recipe) .

Tahu Tempe bacem

17 responses to “Fried sweet Tempe and Tahu (Tofu) Bacem

  1. This is a beautiful recipe! I would love to try it soon. A few of the ingredients may be hard to find, but I shall keep my eyes peeled. I imagine that the soy protein is so flavorful and caramelized with the two-step cooking preparation. Delicious, I&A! 🙂 Best, Shanna

    • Thank you Shanna! Maybe you can try some Asian stores and hopefully they will have these ingredients. We are glad you like this recipe! Have a nice evening 🙂 I&A

      • Oh, yes… the Asian stores in New Mexico are very limited, but I will certainly take on your challenge. One never knows what they will find! Still, we are here temporarily. My best to you both. Warm regards, Shanna PS Again, lovely recipe!

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