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Bali Surf Burger

**UPDATE** I've altered the amount of soy as I think this recipe is way too salty.**
My favorite restaurant in the world right now is Native Foods. I think it will remain my favorite for all eternity. They have such simple, affordable vegan food conveniently located near UCLA. Their tempeh is homemade and therefore way better than anything I could ever make at home, but nonetheless the tempeh prep they use to make their Bali Surf Burger is great. And easy. Here is my attempt at it. Quite good. I would go easy on the deglaze. It was a little strong this time. Last time I aired on the conservative side and it was way better.

Bali Surf Burger

3 Tbsp Olive oil
4 2-3 oz tempeh patties (take a typical pack and cut in half to make two squares, then cut the squares so they are half the thickness. You'll end up with four thin squares ideally)

¼ cup simple deglaze:
2/3 cup water
1 - 2 TBSP soy sauce
1 clove minced garlic
½ tsp fresh grated ginger

Heat oil in frying pan over mod. High heat. Add tempeh patties, should sizzle slightly. Saute until golden, about 1-2 minutes then turn over and brown other side. You may need more oil.

After the second side is brown and there is no excess oil in the pan, pour the simple deglaze over and around them all at once, this will make a sizzling sound.

Lower the flame slightly. Remove tempeh when the deglaze has been absorbed and the tempeh has a nice golden brown color.


Blogger T said...

I've been meaning to go to Native Foods for years now, and you've just reminded me! Have you been to Real Food Daily? It's definetely my current favorite restuarant in LA.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

tanvi- i think native KILLS RFD. over and over. its so good. also M Cafe de Chaya on melrose is fantastic.

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