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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"> I don't know if it was the manner in which I made it, that there was something wrong with the package I got, or if I just don't like tempeh<br><br>
but... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"><br><br><br><br>
Apologies to tempeh-lovers out there. It was recommended by my cousin, who likes it, and so does her 4-year-old son, so I thought well shoot, if a picky 4-year-old likes it, it must be great. In general I am not a picky eater. I love things a lot of my non-veg*n friends think are weird. I am a tofu fiend in every sense. So I thought tempeh wasn't much of a stretch. Well, I made the tempeh potato breakfast patties from the most recent Veg Times. They were great. In fact, I think if I could figure out how to make them with something other than tempeh, I'd love them.<br><br>
When I first took the tempeh out of the package I caught a whiff of funk, and I thought, "well, maybe that will mellow out. It's not like it's very strong." I steamed it and the steam smelled like funk. I thought, "well, maybe it will blend with the garlic and herbs and be good." I thought that until I was all the way through making them and took one out to eat for lunch. Ack! It was still there! Tempeh funk! Through the wonderful flavors of garlic and herb and olive-oil-crispetyness, tempeh funk!<br><br>
So tell me, tempeh lovers. Is it a flavor you learn to love, a flavor that doesn't belong (was my tempeh bad?), or something that some people just like and others just...dont? Will trying it again, in a different way maybe, possibly make me like it? Will it grow on me? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/">
 

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Oh I wish there was a rolling on the floor laughing smiley!! This just cracked me up! Tempeh funk!!!! Hiliarious. Sorry I can't help, I can't eat tempeh (soy allergy) so I've never smelled it before, but at least your post was funny <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
Hope you found something better to eat!!
 

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Hm. I think your tempeh was bad or something....<br><br><br><br>
I love tempeh now, but I hated it when I first tried it. Did you try three-grain tempeh? It has a milder flavor than regular tempeh.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Glad I could amuse you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
It was regular soybean tempeh. Maybe it was old. What does it smell like usually?
 

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I always think it has a nutty smell to it, not bad in any way.<br><br>
Mild, not funky <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Maybe your cousin who can cook it decently could give you a recipe or make you something?<br><br>
ive never seen it in a shop and tbh it kinda scares me, haha
 

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I tried tempeh once, and I kind of agree with you. It was too nutty tasting, and had a weird after taste, which might be the "funk" you're talking about. I figure I've got enough recipes I haven't tried yet with tofu, which I like, so I have I have better things to do than try tempeh again.<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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Well, I'll try it once more just to make sure - maybe the 3 grain type michey suggested. I'll ask what my cousin does but I think she said she just fries it. But I wonder if it's one of those tastes some people can just really hate? It was nauseating. Not strong, but nauseating.
 

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I love tempeh.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/iloveyou.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lovesign:"><br><br>
Since becoming a veggies over 20 years ago its always been my favourite protein. It is absolutely delicious. I simply cannot eat enough tempeh. But its so expensive <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
Its nice baked on its own or with a bit of tamarind sauce on the top.<br><br>
Chop it into little cubes and use it as fake croutons<br><br>
Or stir fry or crumble into stews.<br><br><br><br>
I have heard people say that it appeals to ppl with the Japanese taste its very muchroom-y, a bit nutty, sort of like miso etc<br><br>
If you like those sorts of foods you'll love it
 

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Ugh. I tried tempeh once.<br><br>
Never again.<br><br>
Very funk-y. Sounds exactly like what you described. When I asked, I was pretty much told that's what it was supposed to be like. (I'm sure the thread's still around here somewhere.)
 

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Tempeh smells and tastes mildly like mushrooms. Nutty grainy mushrooms.<br><br>
Some people like this, and other people never do. I agree, try the 3 grain. Simmer it in a flavored broth or apple cider (seriously!) and that will help the flaovr too. Then fry until crispy. (Or recipe of your choice)<br><br><br><br>
Or could be you'll just never like it. No big deal.
 

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huh? I became vegan in late Dec and tried out tempeh, and there was never any "funk" as some of you have described. Although I am still learning how to use it in recipes (tempeh salad, and I've made some awesome chili with it), I have never smelled or tasted anything nasty.....<br><br><br><br>
and I have a good sense of smell, if I do say s myself (sniff sniff)
 

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I tried tempeh twice and hated it. Then I went to a restaurant and they served a tempeh reuben. I decided to give it a try since I thought maybe I didn't like it because of the way I prepared it. The reuben was tempeh, rice cake, sauerkraut and mustard on rye. It was freakin' delicious! I loved it! Of course, it could have been that the sauerkraut and mustard masked the actual flavor of the tempeh, but I didn't care. It was really good!
 

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I don't really like tempeh. :p The garden veggie kind is the most tolerable, parboiled before doing whatever you're doing with it, and cut relatively small.
 
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