Love Power Dalam Sepotong Tempe

Tempe in ziplock (homemade) photo: yulianatan.com

If you tell me ten years ago that I will make Tempe by myself, I will look into your eyes, smile, poke your forehead with my index finger and say “Are you crazy? What on earth that you think I am ABLE to make homemade Tempe OR in what occasion that I NEED to make Tempe?!”

And here we are… June,  two thousand seventeen!!! I made my very first homemade Tempe! *tap my own shoulder* (you should see my face when I open my oven door to check the Tempe after 2 days, I believe my face glowing and my eyes almost pop out).

So Yutan, YOU are able to make Tempe now, what is the occasion that in 2017 you decided to make Tempe? What’s the urgency? You just challenging yourself or what?

Well, see the title above? All because of love. The mother love that breaks all the barriers. My daughter, Olivia who is 3 years old, love eating Tempe. Recently she is so picky about food. And Tempe is one of very limited foods that she willing to eat, happily, without any drama or left over.

Of course I can go to some Asian grocery stores for the Tempe but frozen Tempe in those stores are not fresh and don’t taste good in my opinion. In Toronto we do have fresh (by order) Tempe that taste good, very good in fact. But, it so far away from my place. So, I left no choice but have to be able to make one by myself.

I learned how to make it through some YouTube videos, including how to make the Tempe starter (ragi). I am so impressed by the end result and so grateful for those people who share the recipes online so people like me can make it.

The hardest process was to remove the soy bean’s skin. No easy or fastest way except if you have the machine. Believe me, I went through so many YouTube videos and websites and I decided to stop searching and start to peeling the skin 🙂

Lesson learned from this achievement is we are able to do almost anything beyond our comfort zone. We just need some purposes or motivations. If we can get some support, that would be even better.

I still cannot believe I made Tempe! Are you kidding me? Tempe? In Canada? In 2017? Haha.

Fresh Tempe with homemade Tempe Starter (ragi). Photo: Yulianatan.com

YuTan (the Tempe lover as well) 💙

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