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Pepes Tahu Jamur: Tofu & Mushroom Steamed in Banana Leaves

Pepes Tahu Jamur: Tofu & Mushroom Steamed in Banana Leaves

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Tofu & Tempe
  • Method: Steaming
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Pepes tahu jamur is a combination of tofu and mushrooms wrapped in a banana leaf, steamed, and then lightly grilled. A healthy, delectable dish that’s delicate in both taste and texture.


  • 5 shallots, peeled, chopped.
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, chopped.
  • 3 candlenuts, chopped.
  • 2 big red chillies, chopped.
  • 1 lemongrass, use only the white part, slice diagonally (around 2 cm).
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves, each torn in half.
  • 1 red tomato, diced.
  • 5 bird’s eye chillies, optional.
  • 200 gr oyster mushroom, wash, squeeze the excess water, shred.
  • A handful of kemangi (Indonesian basil), use only the leaves (optional)
  • 1 spring onion, chopped.
  • 300 gr firm tofu, mashed
  • 2 small eggs.
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp white pepper powder.
  • 0.5 tsp granulated mushroom stock (optional)
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil.
  • Banana leaves for wrapping.
  • Toothpicks to secure the wrapping.


  1. Blend into a fine paste: shallots, garlic, candlenuts and big red chillies.
  2. Heat the cooking oil in a wok over medium high heat, then fry the blended spices until fragrant.
  3. Add lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, and continue frying for about 2 minutes.

    Add lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves

  4. Add the diced tomatoes and bird’s eye chillies.

    fry the blended spices

  5. Add salt, pepper and mushroom stock. 

  6. Add the shredded mushrooms. Cook for another 1 minute.

    Add the shredded mushrooms

  7. Turn off the heat after mixing thoroughly.

    Turn off the heat after mixing thoroughly

  8. Add kemangi leaves and spring onion.

  9. Add mashed tofu, mix.

  10. Add the eggs and mix all the ingredients thoroughly.

    Add the eggs

  11. Prepare the banana leaves.

  12. Scoop 2 or 3 tbsps of the mixed ingredients onto 1 piece of banana leaf.

    Scoop ingredients onto a banana leaf

  13. Roll and secure both ends of the banana leaf using toothpicks.

    Roll the banana leaf

  14. Do the same thing for the rest of the mixture.

  15. When all is done, steam the parcels for about 30 minutes.

    steam the parcels

  16. Just before serving, grill the pepes over a non-stick grilling pan.

    grill the pepes

  17. Pepes tahu jamur is now ready!

    Pepes tahu jamur is now ready!


  • Banana leaves are easier to handle when they are not too fresh. They can be exposed under the sun or to fire for a while, to make them less stiff and brittle.
  • Silken tofu is not suitable for making pepes as it has a soft and slippery texture, making it very difficult to handle.

Keywords: Healthy, Spicy, Kemangi, eggs