30 July 2023

Thai Basil Tempeh Mince Noodles

Rich, umami flavoured crumbled tempeh mince cooked in soy sauce with garlic, ginger, chilli and lemongrass, tossed through chewy udon noodles and finished with fragrant torn Thai basil leaves and zesty lime...

SERVES: 2 PEOPLE           |          PREP TIME: 15 minutes      |          COOK TIME:     25- 30 MINS



1 200g block tempeh
3-4 cloves garlic, very finely minced
1 stalk lemongrassvery finely minced
1 thumb fresh gingervery finely minced
1 medium red chillivery finely minced
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tbsp soy sauce
spring onions, sliced
Zest 1 lime
Juice 1/2 lime
Handful Thai basil leaves (or regular basil if unable to source)

Lime, to garnish
Red chilli, sliced, to garnish
Fresh coriander and Thai basil, to garnish


1. Place the tempeh in a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes, then remove and set aside.

2. Heat the oil in a pan on a medium heat and add in the garlic, lemongrass, ginger and chilli. Stir fry until fragrant then season with flaky salt.

3. Crumble the block of tempeh between your fingers to create a mince. Add the minced tempeh to the pan and turn through the other ingredients to combine. Once golden in colour and crispy in texture, add in the soy sauce, vegan fish sauce, balsamic glaze and ground pepper, then stir through.

4. Next, add in the sliced spring onions, grate in the lime zest and squeeze in the juice. Stir through and then add in the coriander and Thai basil leaves, stir through again only enough to wilt the basil, then set aside in a bowl.

5. In the same pan, fry off the shiitake mushrooms and wilt the pak choi. Cook the noodles according to packet instructions, rinse and drain. Set the mushrooms and pak choi aside, then add the mince back to the pan along with the noodles and toss to combine and heat through.

6. Serve the noodles with the pak choi and mushrooms on the side. Add the Thai Basil Tempeh Mince over the top.

7. Garnish with more fresh coriander, Thai basil leaves, sliced red chilli and a wedge of lime on the side - enjoy!


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