Friday, August 12, 2005

The History of Tempeh

Most of us connected to the Dutch East Indonesia are familiar with tempeh used in Indonesian cooking. It's basically fermented soy. Now heralded as a highly nutritional food even better than soy, it's interesting to trace back its origins.

"Java is still the Mecca of the tempeh world, yet over the centuries, wherever Javanese settlers have gone, they have taken tempeh with them. Today it is widely produced and consumed in Surinam (where 30% of the population is Indonesian), and on the west and south coasts of Peninsular Malaysia. To a lesser extent it is consumed in Singapore, New Caledonia, and the other Indonesian Islands (especially Sumatra). Tempeh is also increasingly popular in the Netherlands, where it was introduced by immigrants from Indonesia in the 1940s."

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