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Jakarta Post

Tempeh fever in Wollongong

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Wollongong, Australia   /   Sun, February 20 2011   /  03:11 pm

A couple was busy cooking in their small kitchen. Jendra S. Wardani, 34, put yeast into a large container of soybeans and stirred skillfully while her husband, Djarot B. Darmani, 43, prepared the plastic packages. Working together, they placed the concoction into the packages.The couple was making tempeh in their rented apartment just opposite Wollongong University in Australia. Their only child, five-year-old Bima Bening Mardiono, was busy playing in the living room, which becomes a bedroom at night.“This is our life in Australia. A simple life,” said Djarot, an engineering lecturer at Brawijaya University in Malang, East Java, specializing in steel welding research.“The label may sound fancy — studying abroad to get my Ph.D.,” he said, referring to the image of people studying overseas.The idea to produce tempeh began even before Jendra left for Wollongong to join her husband...