Tempeh salad rolls

something pseudo-Indonesian

1 block tempeh
2 TB freshly crushed peppercorns
1/4 C sesame oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
generous amount of cooking oil

circular rice paper wraps
water in a shallow bowl
1 bunch spinach leaves
1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 layer of fennel bulb, thinly sliced
fresh mango, peeled seeded* & sliced
2 carrots, peeled and shredded

2 TB peanut butter
1 tsp miso paste
1 tsp brown rice vinegar
1 tsp shoyu (Japanese fermented soy sauce)
1 TB kecap (Indonesian sweet soy sauce – use molasses otherwise)
1 TB sesame oil
1 TB walnut oil

1. cut the tempeh in half lengthwise then in thick strips. Sprinkle with sesame oil, and black pepper, toss it, add garlic and let marinate for 30 minutes+.
2. In the meantime, mix the sauce ingredients together in a bowl. Adjust season to your preference
3. heat the cooking oil over high heat, and add the marinaded tempeh. Fry, turning to cook each side to a crispy brown crust. About 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool a bit, drain on a paper towel. Keep warm, but not hot.
4. place a few rice wraps in tepid water, and leave them to soften, about 5 to 10 minutes.
5. remove excess moisture with a clean towel, or let drain briefly in a sieve.
6. assemble the wrap as follows: the rice wrap, then a spinach leaf, 2 pieces of tempeh, as much peanut sauce as you like, then whichever vegetables tickle your fancy.
7. as you face the circle of rice paper, place the ingredients in a long bundle along the edge closest to you, running left to right. Fold the edge towards you up over the top of the ingredients, fold in the left and right edges, and then roll away from you. It takes a bit of practice, but shouldn’t prove difficult – and by gum don’t the results taste similar despite the relative results of one’s rice roll.

* place the seed in water for a couple of days, and then scrub off the remaining fruit flesh. Place it in a flowerpot, keeping the soil moist. This will grow into a mango tree, however, only attempt this if you use an organic mango, and learn more about it – this hasn’t worked yet – in part owing to antagonistic pets.


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