Vietnamese Coconut and Tempeh Curry

Vietnamese Tempeh Curry

This is a deliciously simple curry! It is packed with flavour and really substantial! Enjoy!


Serves 4


  • 300 g sweet potato
  • 400 g potatoes
  • 1 x 300g pack of tempeh if not available substitute with firm tofu/oyster mushrooms
  • 220 ml of full fat coconut milk
  • 400 ml water
  • 4 tbsp tamari/soy sauce
  • A thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger peeled and finely grated or finely chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • green part of a small bunch of scallions
  • ½ a head of pak choi
  • bunch of fresh coriander
  • Serving suggestion: This curry goes great with brown rice or wholemeal couscous


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF) Gas 4.
  • Chop the sweet potato and the normal potatoes into bite-sized pieces (leaving the skin on). Put on a baking tray and in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  • Put the coconut milk, together with 400ml water, the ginger, lime juice, maple syrup, curry powder and tamari into a blender, and whiz until everything is smooth.
  • Chop up the tempeh into small cubes (around 1.5cm), the smaller they are, the more flavour each piece will have. Put the chopped tempeh into a baking dress and dress with approximately half of the dressing. Mixing the tempeh and the sauce well is important to make sure each piece is full of flavour and also that the tempeh is well spread out on the baking tray.
  • Put the tempeh into the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes, After 10 minutes, stir the tempeh to ensure that the dressing is well spread and the tempeh is cooking evenly. The tempeh and potatoes should finish cooking around the same time.
  • Meanwhile, pour in the other half of the dressing in a large sized saucepan – this will become the sauce of the dish along with any remaining sauce from the baked tempeh dish. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  • Once the tempeh and potatoes are cooked (taste the potatoes and ensure they are fully cooked), transfer them into the pot with the simmering sauce and mix well. Finely chop the pak choi, removing the nub at the end and using the full length of it.
  • Remove from the heat, taste and season to your taste. Finely slice the spring onion and fresh coriander and sprinkle them over the dish when serving.
Keyword Coconut, Curry, Tempeh, Vietnamese, Vietnamese Coconut and Tempeh Curry
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