RECIPE: Tempeh Reuben

Updated: Oct 2, 2020



Get your mouths ready for this fermented food extravaganza of a meal! Nearly every part of this meal has a fermented food in it!!


A traditional Reuben would normally contain pastrami, Russian dressing, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. Instead of pastrami, we went for the fermented food powerhouse tempeh!


Tempeh (pronounced tem – pei) is native to Indonesia and is made using fungal spores of Rhizopus Oligosporus. Traditionally made with soya beans, the spores act as a binding agent to bind together cooked soya beans and produce a firm, meat like texture patty. Tempeh is widely used as a meat substitute in western countries, but we like to consider it in a category of its own. Tempeh is plant-based and can be made with any combination of pulses (legumes) and grains.