Tempeh processing tech goes global: Indonesian students shine in Austria

Tempeh processing tech goes global: Indonesian students shine in Austria

Tempeh has become part of the Indonesian diet. Not only is it easy to prepare, but its availability and delicious taste make tempeh a favorite among Indonesians. The good news is that this Indonesian specialty has gained a reputation as one of the best vegan foods in the world. Transcending borders, tempeh is now the talk of Europe, especially among vegetarians.

Following the increasing popularity of tempeh in Europe, two students from BINUS SCHOOL Simprug were involved in the project "Portable Machine of Tempeh Making". This technology was presented directly to the European public at the Ars Electronica Festival 2023 in the POSTCITY Linz Building, Linz City, Austria, which took place from September 6 to 10, 2023.

At the exhibition, the BINUS SCHOOL Simprug booth was entitled "Tempeh Universe: Revealing the Secret of Tempeh - Indonesian Food Heritage and Vegan Life". They showed the Portable Machine of Tempeh Making, a technology that can process soybeans into tempeh.

The Portable Machine of Tempeh Making is a project of two 10th-grade students from BINUS SCHOOL Simprug, Kenneth William Santoso and Davrell Mylka Jowkins. Their participation in this international event was accompanied by teachers from BINUS SCHOOL Simprug, Ms. Savita as Research Mentor, along with Dr. Rinda Hedwig as Chair of the Research Interest Group and Marcel Saputra as Research & Development Coordinator from the Computer Engineering Department of BINUS University, as well as Chef Trias Septyoari Putranto.

With great pride and enthusiasm, Kenneth William Santoso and Davrell Mylka Jowkins explained the operation of the portable tempeh-making machine. Kenneth explained that the concept behind this technology is relatively simple, as it controls all stages of tempeh processing, from the initial process of washing soybeans to boiling to peeling the skin from the soybeans.

Davrell added that this machine will also add yeast as the main component in processing soybeans into tempeh. The temperature of the machine is set to room temperature and is equipped with air circulation to aid in the fermentation process.

Kenneth continued that the result of the controlled process is the formation of a complete tempeh dish. The machine performs the entire process from soybean to tempeh, providing consumers with consistent quality with less effort.

The portable tempeh-making machine is planned to be marketed in non-Asian countries, except Japan, with the main objective of promoting Indonesian traditional food globally. 

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Embassy also supported and provided assistance to the BINUS SCHOOL Simprug delegation. For more information, Ars Electronica Festival is an exhibition that combines several sciences, namely science, business, creativity and art, as well as local wisdom from around the world.

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