tem·​peh | \ ˈtem-ˌpā How to pronounce tempeh (audio) \

Definition of tempeh

: an Asian food prepared by fermenting soybeans with a rhizopus

Examples of tempeh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kim Guess, a dietitian at UC-Berkeley, recommends that people lay in a healthy supply of beans and lentils, whole grains, nuts and seeds, as well as frozen vegetables, tofu, tempeh and canned fish, such as tuna and salmon. Bernard J. Wolfson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Exercise and diet are more important than ever with the coronavirus at large," 18 Sep. 2020 At her new gig at San Francisco’s Local Kitchen, Haron transformed the cuisine, gradually replacing the restaurant’s menu of Italian pastas and pizzas with laksa, chicken curry and tempeh dishes. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "A Singaporean culinary renaissance hits the Bay Area," 4 June 2020 Both tofu and tempeh are made from soybeans, which is also a legume. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "Worried about beef shortages and price spikes? Here's what happens if you eat less meat," 18 May 2020 For a vegetarian version, swap in baked tofu or tempeh for the chicken. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Cooking in Quarantine: Cashew Chicken," 13 May 2020 But as more natural foods stores and coops learned about tempeh, the business slowly grew. oregonlive, "Tofurky founder tells a wild story about making plant-based foods long before they were cool," 7 Apr. 2020 Add in tempeh crumbles, sliced Persian cucumbers, chopped cabbage, or shredded chicken. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "How to Turn One Blender Sauce Into a Week’s-Worth of Delicious Meals," 26 Mar. 2020 Sam said, unfolding his wrap and picking out chunks of tempeh. Kate Folk, The New Yorker, "Out There," 16 Mar. 2020 The carb loading commences with chips and gauc, plus a black bean and brown rice bowl with tempeh chorizo, pico de gallo, and cashew crema— a dish even vegan naysayers will enjoy. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "How to Pack for a Sporty Weekend in L.A.," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of tempeh

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tempeh

Javanese témpé

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“Tempeh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tempeh. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tempeh

: an Asian food that is made from fermented soybeans

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