Traditionally made fresh tempeh from Bristol-based independent producer Tempeh Meades , is now available to chefs nationwide for delivery every week.
This plant-fuelled staple from Indonesia is made up of healthy low GI protein by forming cooked soya beans into a block and adding a culture to initiate a fermentation process. The end product has a firm texture, a nutty taste and is highly valued for the protein and fibre content, as well as being packed full of vitamins and minerals.
For chefs looking for plant-based alternatives or just to improve their menu, tempeh is such a versatile product, marinading it provides the perfect opportunity for flavour and it can be prepared in a variety of methods. Rather than providing imitations of meat or fish, why not expand the culinary experience for the customer and add tempeh to the menu.
Tempeh Meades is the brainchild of Benedict Meade who learned his craft, the traditional methods of making tempeh, in West Java, where it is enjoyed for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was the versatility of tempeh which inspired Benedict to start his own tempeh-making business back in the UK and chefs are beginning to realise its potential.
“The tempeh from Tempeh Meades is one of the most versatile, fresh and ethical products I use in the kitchen. Delivered fresh to my door, it really is a pleasure to cook with. Unlike other brands I’ve used in the past, it has such a depth of flavour and marinades beautifully, holding its form and really soaking up the flavours. It’s stunning to cook with, always a show-stopper when used in my tasting menus. So many of the customers didn’t know tempeh could be this delicious. The price is fantastic for what you receive in terms of value for money; an organic and handmade product. The new ranges including yellow split peas and quinoa are so exciting, I look forward to a long-standing collaboration with Ben” says Babs Greaves, Chef and owner at Eat Your Greens.
The health benefits of tempeh make it a reliable source of protein in a vegan or flexitarian diet. As well as being gluten-free, it has been known to improve digestive health. Tempeh absorbs and retains flavour extremely well, so many choose to marinade it first and then bake, fry or simmer for fantastic results.
Tempeh Meades dispatch freshly made tempeh every Wednesday for next day delivery, ensuring the product has the longest shelf life possible. Refrigerate unopened for 5 days and once opened use within 2 days, alternatively, it will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Available to trade in various sizes, starting at 1kg catering block, free delivery when ordering 5kg or more. For more information about Tempeh Meades visit www.tempehmeades.com or for trade prices contact Benedict Meade at [email protected]