This is what I look like when I think about (or smell) tempeh....
It doesn't really have a smell but how was I supposed to know that? It sure as hell looks like it smells. I've never tried it before. Unbelievable? Not really. The majority of my vegan and vegetarian clients haven't either. Now THAT surprised me. I thought all vegans ate tempeh. Gross generalization but it made sense in my head, and I'm honest. I lived a vegetarian lifestyle for about 6 years and I NEVER even considered tempeh. It may be appropriate to note that I despise tofu. Like, really. It's just...no. So I assumed that tempeh would smell and taste the same. As well as have the same consistency. I was wrong.
I'm a simple girl and I prefer simple food. So I made my usual kelp noodle stir-fry with hella veggies, ginger, orange, and coconut aminos. And I pan fried the tempeh. Before I flipped it, I poured some of the coconut-orange-ginger sauce from the stir-fry pan over it and crisped it to a golden, glazed, goodness.
This is officially one of my new favorite dishes. I make the stir-fry regularly, with white fish, but with tempeh it's much more satisfying and I like the "bite" tempeh has. Soft foods sometimes feel like they're not substantial enough and just move right through me. Tempeh is quite a delicious exception. I highly recommend it!