Taste Test – Coconut Curry Marinated Tempeh

Picture it – I get home from late after a busy day at internship. Stomach is growling. Dinner needs to be something quick and easy. But alas, I have nothing planned. The horror! So I rummage through the freezer to see if anything looks inspiring.

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Shoved somewhere under the frozen blueberries I find this long forgotten package of Coconut Curry Marinated Tempeh from Turtle Island (makers of the infamous Tofurky products). And when I say long forgotten, I mean it – I know I bought these back when I was still living at my parents’ house, and they moved from their freezer to mine.

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They seemed easy enough to defrost quickly, so i figured why not try them out? I got some rice going in the rice cooker, and chopped up whatever vegetables I had on hand to make a stir fry.

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I thought I should cook the tempeh first, so it would be nice and crispy, then add it back to the veggies later.

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Of course, I had to give it a nibble – and damn, these were good! If you’ve ever had tempeh, you’ll know it can have a bit of an earthy, nutty, sometimes bitter flavour. Some marinades and sauces do a better job than others at masking the bitterness, and this one does a stellar job. I know, some people like bitter flavours, but my delicate supertaster palate doesn’t.

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The tempeh had a nice Indian inspired curry flavour – medium heat I would say. Since the strips were so flavourful, I figured I didn’t need to add too much to my stir fry in the way of sauce. I went with some tahini, ginger, tamari, and sriracha.

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With a big scoop of black thai rice and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, dinner was served!

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Aren’t all those colours pretty? Especially with my red chopsticks (a friend brought them back for me from Japan).

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Considering I had no clue what I was going to do for dinner when I walked in the door that night, I think it turned out pretty well. And I discovered a product I would definitely keep on hand for a quick, flavourful, healthy plant-based meal. These Coconut Curry Marinated Tempeh strips get the thumbs up!

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4 Comments on “Taste Test – Coconut Curry Marinated Tempeh”

  1. December 7, 2012 at 4:24 am #

    Oh I LOVE tempeh!! Love love love it. We sell all of these flavored tempeh products at work, but I’ve never tried them. I would eat tempeh more if it didn’t hurt my stomach like it does. Such a bummer, right?!

  2. December 8, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    I love that tempeh! It’s been a while since I’ve bought it, though. I’ll have to pick some up soon.

    • December 9, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

      It is really a great product, especially for a quick meal 🙂

  3. December 10, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    Looks good…never tried tempeh, looks like we should pick it up next time we are out shopping!

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