Tempe Semur and Jungle Tea



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Louise Firth

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Travelling through Sumatra and seeing Orangutans in the wild remains one of my favourite travel memories. I stayed at a beautiful lodge on the edge of the Bohorok River, right in the middle of the jungle. The only way to get to the lodge was to cross the river on a old hand-pulled metal cable, precariously balanced 20 feet above the roaring water below. During my stay the beautiful Ibu who ran the kitchen taught me to make my favourite order: Tempe Semur and Jungle Tea. This meal takes me right back to that special trip - the kind of trip you couldn't recreate even if you tried.


Tempe Semur

· 2x packs of Tempe (freshly wrapped in banana leaf is best, but the packaged stuff will do)

· 1x onion

· 2x cloves of garlic

· 2 cm piece of ginger

· 1 tbsp nutmeg powder

· 1 tbsp pepper- 250g tomatoes (halved or quartered)

· 1/4 cup kecap manis (sweet, sticky soy sauce)

· 2 tbsp palm sugar

· 1/4 cup coconut milk

· 3 tbsp vegetable oil

· steamed white rice

Jungle Tea (for 3)

· 3x cardamon seeds

· 1x large knob of ginger (grated)

· 3x pandanas leaves (if you can't find in your local asian grocery store, you can substitute some vanilla)

· 3x lemongrass stalks (pounded and knotted)

· 6x cloves

· 4x star anise

· palm sugar (to taste)

· cinnamon (to taste)

· water


How to make Tempe Semur:

1 · Mince onion, garlic and ginger.

2 · Pre-fry tempe in a pan and set aside.

3 · Cook onion mix in the same pan (don't let it brown).

4 · Add nutmeg, pepper and tomatoes and keep moving in the pan until the tomatoes start to break down.

5 · Add the tempe, kecap manis and palm sugar, bring to the boil and then simmer for 1 hour.

6 · Add the coconut milk and stir to mix.

7 · Serve with steamed rice and green beans.

How to make Jungle Tea:

1 · Boil all ingredients in a pot over a high heat, tasting as you go until the flavour suits your tastebuds.

2. Serve - best enjoyed on the banks of a river during monsoon in Sumatra!

Louise Firth

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Louise Firth


Louise is passionate about brands and supporting vulnerable communities. She is the Brand Manager of Anglicare Southern Queensland.

Recipe attributed to

The beautiful Ibu at a guesthouse in Bukit Lawang, Sumatra, Indonesia

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