Recipe: Tempeh San Choy Bao with Coconut Yoghurt, Macadamias, Ginger and Finger Lime

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The best thing about eating for gut health is you can easily cut down your meat consumption. Give your gut a rest with Matt Golinski’s delicious tempeh san choy bao with coconut yoghurt, macadamias, ginger and finger lime – yum!

Serves 4
(GF, DF, V, Vegan) 


250gm Mighty Bean Tempeh, crumbled by hand 

1 small eggplant, finely diced 

100gm beans, cut finely into rounds 

20gm ginger, grated 

1 clove garlic, finely sliced 

75ml peanut or vegetable oil 

50ml soy sauce 

½ cup picked coriander 

½ cup picked mint 

2 kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced 

1 golden shallot, finely sliced 

1 cos lettuce, leaves separated, washed and dried 

150gm Coyo coconut yoghurt 

50gm roasted macadamias, finely chopped 

20gm young ginger, very finely diced 

20gm finger lime pulp 

100gm castor sugar 

30ml water 

25ml rice vinegar 

20gm palm sugar 

1tbs lemongrass, finely chopped 

1 small red chilli, finely diced 

1 clove garlic, finely sliced 

20ml lime juice 

½ tsp salt 


In a heavy-based pan, fry the tempeh in a little of the oil until golden and toasty. 

Fry the eggplant until soft and add to the tempeh.  

Quickly fry the beans and just as they are starting to soften, add the ginger and garlic and lightly fry. 

Add to the tempeh and eggplant. 

Sprinkle over the soy sauce and leave to cool to room temperature. 

In a small saucepan, bring the castor sugar, water, rice vinegar, palm sugar, lemongrass, chilli and garlic to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in the lime juice and salt and cool. 

Add the mint, coriander, shallot and kaffir lime leaf to the tempeh, lightly toss and divide between the cos leaves. 

Spoon on small amounts of coconut yoghurt and sprinkle with macadamias, finger lime and diced ginger. 

Serve with the nuoc cham sauce on the side.

Want more?

Want to learn more about the importance of eating for gut health? Check out Matt’s story from our Autumn edition of IN Noosa Magazine.


About the Author /

Matt Golinski is a highly regarded chef with a passion for simple, produce-driven cuisine based on seasonal, fresh local ingredients. He is an active member of the Slow Food movement, a champion of artisan producers and a generous mentor to keen young chefs. He is the Food and Culinary Tourism Ambassador for the Gympie region; Ambassador and Advisory Executive Chef for Peppers Noosa; and a festival favourite.

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