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TEMPE (tém-pé) : Superfood from Indonesia

Press release, August 31st, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – When it comes to healthy food, taste and price have always been the top two factors that have driven purchasing, with healthfulness following behind in the third spot. Indonesia’s gift to you is Tempe (témpé), a superfood from Indonesia that is healthy, with reasonable price and most importantly, tasty! The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia is going to have Talk show and Demo Tempe: Superfood from Indonesia, at 10 AM – 12 PM, on September 16th 2018, at our Embassy, 2020 Massachusetts Avenue NW – DC.  

Tempe has been a stable source of protein in Indonesia for centuries. Tempe hasn’t always been inseparable from the daily life of Indonesian people at any social level. The oldest record of Tempe in Serat Centhini, a twelve volume compilation of Javanese tales and teachings commissioned Prince Mangkunegoro (Pakubuwono V of Surakarta) that was written in Javanese and published in 1814. In the work, it was told that Tempe was originated from Klaten, Central Java. Research discovered that the B12 vitamins producing micro bacteria in Tempe fermentation can only be found in Tempe produced in Indonesia. However, Tempe is now sold here in the US, in Asian Stores as well as bigger supermarkets like Wholefoods and Trader Joe’s.

Tempe is super nutritious with a high amount of protein, as well as various vitamins and minerals. Tempe also contains probiotics, which can improve digestive health. It may decrease cholesterol levels, oxidative stress and appetite while improving bone health. It is sustainable, because compared to beef, Tempe has similar amount and quality of protein, while it is produced with 10x less of energy use, and sold 3x cheaper. And again, above all, it is delicious.

The Talk show will feature Ando, a PhD candidate in University of Massachusetts Amherst, the founder of Indonesian Tempe Movement. He will highlight the benefits and uniqueness of Tempe as superfood, and after that there will be a demo on how to make Tempe at home as well as Tempe bar, and other cuisines you could make with Tempe. “Tempe gives people another choice of healthy, affordable and sustainable protein source. This superfood can save many people’s lives and our planet,” said Budi Bowoleksono, Indonesian Ambassador to the US.

The event is free of charge, first-come first-served basis. Please RSVP to this email address rsvp@embassyofindonesia.org.

Margaretta Puspita (margaretta@embassyofindonesia.org)
Dian Permana (dian@embassyofindonesia.org)
P: 202-775-5200, ext 333 or 337