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Posted on: Wednesday, January 31, 2001

The Vegetarian
Szechuan Tempeh goes vegetarian


Associated Press

In a recipe from the "Joy of Cooking: All About Vegetarian Cooking," a traditional dish is turned to a vegetarian one when the soy-based ingredient tempeh replaces the chicken. The Szechuan-style "Hacked" Tempeh is tossed with a peanut sauce and served chilled.

Associated Press

In Szechuan-style "Hacked" Tempeh, a vegetarian version of a traditional dish, the soy-based ingredient tempeh replaces the usual chicken.

The dish is tossed with a peanut sauce and served chilled. The recipe is from "Joy of Cooking:

All About Vegetarian Cooking" (Scribner, $19.95).

Tempeh is a soy based "cake" available at health food stores.

Szechuan-StyleHacked’ Tempeh

8-ounce package tempeh
4 tablespoons light or dark soy sauce
2 to 3 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns, cracked
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups sliced seeded peeled cucumbers
1 cup chopped red bell peppers
1/2 cup sliced scallions
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon dry sherry
3 to 4 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon chili paste
1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts

Combine tempeh, 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce, the fresh ginger, garlic and Szechuan peppercorns; let stand for 15 to 30 minutes.

In a wok or medium skillet over medium heat, heat vegetable oil. Add tempeh mixture and cook, stirring, until browned. Let cool, then refrigerate until chilled.

Combine cucumbers, 1/2 cup of the red bell peppers and 1/4 cup sliced scallions and arrange on a serving platter. Spoon the tempeh mixture over the vegetables.

Stir together peanut butter, 2 remaining tablespoons soy sauce, rice vinegar, sherry, sesame oil and chili paste until smooth; drizzle over the tempeh mixture.

Garnish with remaining 1/2 cup red bell peppers, 1/4 cup sliced scallions and peanuts. Toss just before serving.

If desired, serve with chilled cooked rice noodles.

Makes 4 servings.

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