Recipe – Sichuan Tempeh with Chilli & Capsicum

Recipe - Sichuan Tempeh with Chilli & Capsicum
Recipe – Sichuan Tempeh with Chilli & Capsicum

This is delicous fast food from the Sichuan region of China. It is pretty close to what I ate there a few years ago, although I ate tofu instead of tempeh.
I love tempeh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempeh It originated in today’s Indonesia, and is especially popular on the island of Java, where it is a staple source of protein. Like tofu, tempeh is made from soybeans, but it is a whole soybean product with different nutritional characteristics and textural qualities. Tempeh’s fermentation process and its retention of the whole bean give it a higher content of protein, dietary fiber, and vitamins

Ingredients
500g Tempeh
2 Tbs of Ketjap Manis (Sweet sauce soy)
3 garlic cloves crushed
2 Tsp finely grated fresh ginger
2 Tbs sesame oil
4 shallots, ends trimmed, cut into 4 cm lengths
1 red capsicum, halved, seeded, thinly sliced
4 thai chillies (hot, but depends you are pain barrier)
1 C cashew nuts
1 1/2 C Baked Steamed jasmine rice, to serve
Fresh Coriander, to serve

Instructions
Baked Jasmine rice
1. Turn the oven on to 180C
2. Place in a frying pan 2 Tbs of sesame oil, now add 1 1/2 C of jasmine rice, stir and coat well for a couple of minutes.
3. Add 2 C of boiling water into a heatproof dish and then pour the jasmine rice into the water
4. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes
Main Part
1. Combine the Tempeh, 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce and half the garlic and ginger in a medium bowl.
Set aside for 15 minutes to marinate. Drain the Tempeh, reserving any of the marinade.
2. Heat a frying pan over high heat. Add half the oil. Stir-fry one third of the Tempeh for 1-2 minutes or until browned.
3. Transfer to a place. Repeat, in 2 more batches, with the remaining Tempeh Heat remaining oil in the frying pan.
Add the shallot, combined capsicum, combined chilli, garlic, cashew nuts and ginger. Stir-fry for 3-4 minutes
4. Add the Tempeh, remaining soy sauce, reserved marinade. Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
5. Serve with steamed rice and coriander sprigs.

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