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Indonesian Tempeh with Green Beans and Crushed Peanuts


I had a little bit of fresh green beans left from my weekly vegetable delivery. I didn’t really have enough for the 3/4 lbs called for in the original recipe. I padded the recipe with some sliced bamboo shoots. I thought they nicely balanced the crispness of the water chestnuts and added a nice earthy flavor.

This low prep dish is great served over rice, soba noodles or rice noodles.

Indonesian Tempeh with Green Beans and Crushed Peanuts
Vegetarian Times, July/August 2009 [2]

Heat 1 tsp oil in wok or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tempeh and sear 3 minutes on each side.

Add 1/2 cup water and 4 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce. Cook tempeh 5 minutes more, until all liquid has been absorbed, turning occasionally.

Transfer to plate, and cool until easy to handle. Crumble tempeh by hand until no large chunks remain.

Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in wok over high heat. Add green beans; stir-fry 4 minutes or until beginning to brown.

Add 3 tablespoons water, and simmer beans 4 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Add coconut milk, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots (if using), peanut butter, garlic, brown sugar, chile-garlic sauce, ground cloves, remaining 4 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce, and crumbled tempeh; stir-fry 2 minutes.

Garnish with crushed peanuts.