Restaurant and Lounge
325 NW 2nd St. Corvallis Oregon
(t) 541.753.3753 • (f) 541.753.3740
Eat-in or Take-out
China Delight is Corvallis’ Healthy Food Choice!
A distinctive community’s local Chinese restaurant
Not only do we have a special section of our menu that provides for the dietary needs of vegetarians, but we offer many different high protein, low-cholesterol, non-meat choices. One of the best is Tempeh.
Tempeh (TEM-pay) is a cultured soy product, which originated in Indonesia several centuries ago.
Just as yogurt is made by combining dairy milk with a special yogurt culture, Tempeh is created by blending cooked whole soybeans with a special Tempeh culture derived from the mushroom family. The culture, which grows overnight, breaks down soy protein making it easy to digest and also binds the soybean protein into a fragrant, flavorful, brown, slightly chewy cake.
Tempeh has the same amount of protein as chicken, but is low in saturated fat and contains no cholesterol. Tempeh dishes served in this restaurant provide you with some delicious ways to take advantage of the many nutritional and health benefits of soy foods. Tempeh is made using only organic, non-G.M.O. (genetically modified) soybeans.
Tempeh and Tofu are both made from soybeans. Use this comparison chart to determine how Tempeh can introduce variety and wholesomeness into your diet.
|How it’s made||By fermenting cooked soybeans with a mold||By curdling fresh hot soy milk with a coagulant|
|How it’s sold||Flat rectangular pieces about eight inches long||Five inch-sized blocks, in five varieties: silken (used for creamy dishes), soft (great for soups), firm, and extra firm (the last two are great in our stir fried dishes); packaged in water to help it stay moist|
|What it looks like||Beige or Brownish in color and dry; you can see the whole soybeans||White, smooth, and wet|
|Consistency||Firm and chewy||Soft, smooth, or spongy|
|Flavor||Has a slight earthy sweet taste||Has hardly any taste on its own, but when added to recipes, takes on the flavor of whatever we’re making|
|Calories in 1/2 cup||160||97|
|Protein (g) in 1/2 cup||15.4||10.1|
|Fiber (g) in 1/2 cup||3.5||.5|
Since Tempeh is less processed than tofu, it's healthier in general, and contains more protein and fiber than tofu. If you've never tried Tempeh, you can find it at most health food stores (it's refrigerated).
Incorporate this soy product into your recipes by crumbling it up and adding it to soups, casseroles, and your pasta sauce. Tempeh adds a chewy consistency to your dishes along with extra protein and fiber.