The February issue

Our clean eating issue is out now, packed with super lunch bowls, gluten-free desserts and more - including our cruising special, covering all luxury on the seas.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller and receive a free Gourmet Menus book - offer ends 26 February 2017.

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

Australia's best rieslings

We’re spoilt for variety – and value – in Australia when it comes to good riesling. Max Allen picks the top 20 from a fine crop.

Fig recipes

Figs. We can't get enough of them. Here are a few sweet and savoury ways to add them to your summer spread.

Curtis Stone's strawberry, elderflower and brioche summer puddings

"Think of this dessert as a deconstructed version of a summer pudding, with thinly sliced strawberries macerated in elderflower liqueur and layered between slices of brioche," says Stone. "A dollop of whipped cream on top is a cooling counterpoint to the floral flavours."

Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

A lot has changed since we first published our pick of the best chefs to follow on Instagram (way back in the dark ages of 2013). Here’s who we’re double-tapping on the photo-sharing app right now.

Most popular recipes summer 2017

Counting down from 20, here are this summer's most-loved recipes.

Christine Manfield recipes

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

Chorizo hotdogs with chimichurri and smoky red relish

A hotdog is all about the condiments. Here, choose between a smoky red capsicum relish or the bright flavours of chimichurri, or go for a bit of both.

Sleep in a Grampians olive grove this autumn

Under Sky are popping up with a luxe camping hotel experience at Mount Zero Olives this April.

Hot spicy fried tempeh sambal (Sambal goreng tempe)


You'll need

For deep-frying: vegetable oil, plus 2 tbsp extra 400 gm tempeh (see note), halved lengthways and thinly sliced 4 golden shallots, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 long red chillies, thinly sliced 10 gm (2cm piece) galangal, thinly sliced ½ tsp shrimp paste, roasted 2 tbsp dark palm sugar 50 gm tamarind pulp, mixed with 200ml water, strained, solids discarded To serve: thinly sliced birdseye chillies

Method

  • 01
  • Heat oil in a deep saucepan to 175C. Deep-fry tempeh in batches, turning occasionally, until golden and crisp (2-3 minutes; be careful as hot oil will spit). Drain on absorbent paper, set aside.
  • 02
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok over medium heat, add shallot, garlic, chilli, galangal and shrimp paste and stir-fry until fragrant (2-3 minutes). Add palm sugar and stir over low-medium heat until dissolved (1-2 minutes). Add tamarind paste and deep-fried tempeh and stir frequently until sauce is reduced and caramelised (5-6 minutes). Season to taste and serve scattered with chilli to taste.
Note Tempeh is available from Asian grocers and some supermarkets. If unavailable, substitute firm tofu. Shrimp paste, known as terasi in Indonesia, is available from Asian grocers. It requires roasting before use: preheat oven to 200C, wrap shrimp paste in foil and roast until fragrant (5 minutes). Dark palm sugar is made from the coconut palm; in Indonesia it's called gula Jawa.

This recipe is from the June 2011 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

Tempeh (or tempe) is cultured cooked soy beans sold in blocks. Considered purely of Indonesian origin, tempeh has a nutty flavour and is a great source of protein. It is most popular in Java.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for ways to make the most out of seasonal produce? Want to find a recipe perfect for a party? Or just after fresh ideas for dessert? Either way, our recipe collections have you covered.

See more
2017 Restaurant Guide

Our 2017 Restaurant Guide is online, covering over 400 restaurants Australia wide. Never wonder where to dine again.

See more

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people

You might also like...

Chef's spaghetti Bolognese recipes: L to Z

recipes

Christmas pudding ice-cream

Chef's spaghetti Bolognese recipes: B to K

recipes

Raspberry and Mint Mojito

Mother's Day recipes

recipes

Neil Perry: Prawn cocktail

Easter recipes

recipes

Serge Dansereau: Blueberry vanilla tart

Classic Italian recipes

recipes

Barbecue trout bundles with prosciutto and button mushrooms

Easter lunch recipes

recipes

Serge Dansereau: Homemade lemonade

Cupcake recipes

recipes

Serge Danserau: Duck confit and potato terrine

Thomas Keller's sandwich recipes

recipes

conversion tool

 
get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×