Nasi Lengko (Tofu and Tempe Rice with Peanut Sauce)

Nasi lengko or Lengko rice is a typical popular dish from Cirebon city, West Java, Indonesia. It is vegan, cheap, easy and delicious! Also very suitable for vegetarians, because tofu and tempe contain much protein almost as much as meats.

Tofu, tempe, bean sprouts, krupuk (Indonesian crackers) and fried shallots could be bought in most of Asian grocery stores. For the peanut sauce, you can buy instant peanut sauce (just add some water and boil it) or make it yourself from my peanut sauce recipe.

Nasi Lengko (Photo credit : Veronica)
Nasi Lengko (Photo credit : Veronica)

Nasi Lengko (Tofu and Tempe Rice with Peanut Sauce)

Serve : 4

Ingredients :
400 gr tempe (fermented soy bean cake), dice
400 gr tofu, dice and soak the excess water with paper towel
4 portions rice (about 200 gr cooked white rice per portion)
150 gr bean sprouts
some frying oil
some boiling water
peanut sauce
cucumber, slice thinly
fried shallots to garnish
krupuk (Indonesian crackers)
kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)

Steps :
Soak bean sprouts with boiling water for 5 minutes, then drain them. Set aside.

Pour in oil into a frying pan until ½ part of the pan. Heat over medium high heat and wait until the oil is ready. Add in a tempe cube into the oil, when it bubbles, it means the oil is hot enough. Fry tempe and tofu cubes until golden brown, do it in batches. Drain them into paper towel to remove the excess oil.

Add in a portion of cooked rice into a serving plate, then add in fried tempe, fried tofu, bean sprouts, cucumber slices onto the rice. Add in some peanut sauce, drizzle with kecap  manis (optional), sprinkle some fried shallots and crushed krupuk. Enjoy!

Recipe by Veronica

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