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Everything You Need To Know About Tempeh

2 Apr , 2015  

What is tempeh? To put it very simply, it’s a close cousin of tofu. It is a traditional soy product native to Indonesia and is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form, similar to a very firm vegetarian burger patty. However, it differs from tofu in a few fundamental ways:


1. Mode of preparation

 

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Tofu is made by curdling fresh, hot soy milk with a coagulant. Tempeh, on the other hand, is made by fermenting cooked soybeans with a mold.


2. Texture and consistency

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Tofu tends to be soft, smooth, and spongy, but tempeh, on the other hand, is firm and chewy.


3. Appearance

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Tofu is white, smooth and wet, but tempeh is brownish in color and dry and one can see whole soybeans in it.


4. Taste

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Tofu is best compared to a sponge – it has hardly any taste on its own, but when added to recipes, takes on the flavor of whatever you’re making. Tempeh, on the other hand, has a slight earthy, sweet taste.


5. How it’s sold

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Tofu is usually sold in five-inch-size blocks, but tempeh is sold in flat rectangular pieces about eight inches long.

Tempeh has a slightly higher calorie count than tofu, but tempeh is less processed than tofu, and it’s healthier in general because it contains more protein and fiber. It’s a tastier option that’s a hit with vegetarians and non – vegetarians alike. It can be found at most health food stores. Go ahead and give tempeh a try! 


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Samyuktha has grown up on a diet of Kerala food and has a weakness for non-vegetarian food. She is an ice cream connoisseur and has a long - standing relationship with pizza. She loves eating and loves writing about food even more.
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