First bites: Tempe House Spicy Food

Last week, I stepped out of my food comfort zone, something I haven’t done in a long while.

Back in November, food critic David Cohen had written a review of the Tempe House Spicy Food Indonesian restaurant. I’d been wanting to try it since then.

I finally went last week.

The San Bernardino restaurant is similar to your typical Chinese take-out place, with the food displayed in a steam table.

There’s no real menu to speak of. You just step up to the counter and order.

And no, it has nothing to do with the city in Arizona. Tempe is the Indonesian spelling for tempeh, a fermented soybean-based protein cake, somewhat akin to tofu. Don’t worry, it tastes much better than my description makes it sound.

It’s a little daunting your first time there, but the employees are more than happy to let you sample what looks interesting to you.

A three-item combo is $8.
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