Recipe Stewed Octopus in Spicy Tauco Fermented Soy Bean with Tomato, Chili, Chayote and Coconut Milk (Resep Gurita Bumbu Tauco Pedas)

 STEWED OCTOPUS RECIPE SPICY TOMATO ASIAN STYLE FERMENTED BEAN SAUCE TAUCHO SALTED BEANStewed Octopus in Spicy Tauco or Fermented Soy Bean Sauce with Chili, Tomato and Coconut Milk (Resep Gurita Bumbu Tauco Pedas Bersantan) is featured in Indonesian Food Blogger Challenge Tulis Resepmu Bersama Nakami Housewares dan Lazada. This event is a presented by Indonesian Food Blogger, Nakami Houseware and So it’s actually double bet since the dried baby octopus that i using in this recipe is another challenge from my dentistry colleague; weather i can make a delicious and plateable dish with dried and salted baby octopus that she purchased during her vacation in Surabaya, West Java. So wish me luck with this challange competition!

Indonesian Food Blogger Lazada Nakami ChallageNakami Houseware is one of the best quality and well known brand of houseware in Indonesia. You can purchase Nakami Houseware on Lazada. Nakami Houseware provide several kind of houseware and kitchenware including variants of; individual serving  platter and dringking glass, catering serving platter (food warmer), glass jars, soup platter, kitchen set knive, candy canister, magic grilling pan, wokpan, sauce pan, metal steamer, single or double holder pan with glass cover lid and also several kind of pastry-baking tools.. My review about Nakami Houseware individal and party porcelaine platter is about it’s elegant and fancy design. The ornamental royal gold yellow detail is really original that made the platter so fancy and representative for the richness of flavour in Indonesian cuisines. Your guess must be overwhelmed within your fancy and elegant individual plattter. My mom had several porcelaine Nakami soup platter warmer and also Nakami food platter warmer, it’s very useable for gathering party, made a very nice and elegant presentation in the table. The porcelaine lid made the food inside the platter clean, hygiene and warm and easily opened just before serving. The metal rack holder made the guess access the food easily. All the kitchen tools is also made of fine stailess steel. so it’s not gonna be rusted by the time. Contrary within the superiority quality, Nakami Huseware is marketed with reasonable and affordable price.  Nakami houseware is made out fine porcelaine that made it tought, handy, easy to clean and save for dishwasher and the ornamental gold detail is not easy peeled off and withered by the time. Beside all that all good reviews, i personally  think  all Nakami Houseware platter is not only good for tableware, but also totally  good property for food photography presentation for my blog.RESEP GURITA BUMBU TAUCO PEDAS CABE BABY GURITA OCTOPUS STEWED SPICY TOMATOCHILI  COCONUT CURRY  FERMENTED SALTED BEANNakami Houseware adalah brand peralatan rumah dan dapur yang tersohor di Indonesia. Anda dapat dengan mudah mengakses and membeli  Nakami Houseware di Lazada. Nakami Houseware menyediakan berbagai macam varian piring makan individu ataupun tempat lauk yang dilengkapi dengan penghangat dan rak penyangga stainless steel, gelas minum, wadah lauk yang dilengkapi penghangat, gelok kaca, pisau dapu ryang disertai wadah penyimpan, pengukus makanan, wajan pemanggang, wadah permen dan kue kecil, berbagai macam jenis wajan dan panci serta alat-alat untuk membuat kue dan alat2 untuk memasak.  Ulasan saya kali ini adalah mengenai detail, desain, kualitas bahan, kegunaa serta harga Nakami Housewear yang terlihat sangat cantik dan elegan. Detail dan ornamen berwarna kuning keemasan pada beberapa piring dan pemanas makanan Nakami Houseware sangat representatif terhadap kekayaan rasa pada masakan khas Indonesia. Tamu anda akan merasa tersanjung saat disajikan peralatan makan yang indah. Mamaku memiliki beberapa pemanas makanan Nakami Houseware persegi dan bulat serta pemanas sup . Semuanya sangat berguna dan ideal untuk acara2 spesial seperti arisan ataupun acara spesial lainnya, bahkan tidak ada salahnya anda menyajikan makanan pada dengan mewah untuk anak, suami ataupun keluarga setiap saat.  Pemanas makanan Nakami Houseware dilengkapi tutup yang dapat menjaga kebersihan serta tingkat kehangatan makanan didalamnya karena Nakami Houseware terbuat dari bahan porselen yang tebal, dan jika perlu pemanas makanan dibawahnya dapat dihidupkan untuk meyakinkan anda bahwa makanan yang anda sajikan akan selalu hangat. Rak penyangga terbuat dari logam stailess stell yang kokoh dan tidak akan berkarat dimakan usia.  Salah satu keunggulan Nakami Houseware adalah bagian ornamental emas dipermukaanya tidak akan terlepas dan mudah usang dimakan usia, jadi mungkin saja dapat anda mewariskan peralatan dapur anda kepada anak anda nantinya. Nakami Houseware dipasarkan dengan harga yang terjangkau walaupun terbuat dari bahan-bahan berkualitas premium. Kesimpulannya, kualitas bahan, desain, harga Nakami Houseware sangat premium sebagai peralatan rumah dan dapur, dan tentunya sangat berguna untuk kepentingan fotogafi makanan. Menu Rendang Daging Sapi buatanku pasti terlihat sangat mewah pada piring Nakami Houseware.

 TENDER BRAISED OCTOPUS SPICY STEWED BABY OCTOPUS TOMATO CHILI ASIAN SALTED BEAN TAOCHO FERMENTED BEAN SAUCE RECIPEBack to the octopus business, octopus is slow cooked until tender in a spicy curry-like seasoning with tauco or fermented soybean with creamy coconut milk. The savoury, salty and ocean flavour octopus is slowly boiled in creamy, rich, hot and spicy seasoning, then fresh tomatoes that added released some pleasant tangy flavur into the pot. Cubed chayote also added to melt down the heat from the chilies and balance it with it’s natural sweetness.

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I love octopus for it’s texture and flavour. Braised Octopus with Spicy Chily Sauce is previously featured on Dentist Chef blog. But actually you can use octopus mamy-many ways; grilled, soup, salad, stew, you name it. The same technique it applied before you enjoy octopus; slow cooking. before the  squid is thinly sliced in salad, it’s used to be boiled about 45 minutes in seasoned water to tenderize the meat first. Simply insert some fork to know then tenderness of the octopus meat, i like it tender but with a little resistence when i chew it.

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Gurita Bumbu Tauco Pedas Bersantan is one of signature dish of my grandma, even my grandma also used to using dried whole squid for this recipe. I remember that  once i was a kid mygrandma cooked Cumi Asin Tauco or salted squid tauco and it made my gum and my mouth turn into black right after i finished my lucnh,  then once i was going out with my friends; they start to laught when i talking and smiling then i realized someting wrong within my appearance, well, that embarassing moment didn’t made me hate or even traumatize eating squid ink, infack i made Squin Ink Sauce pasta and Squid Ink Risotto, just simly brush my teeth before smiling to my patients, lol

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Tauco or Taucho,  Tauchu, or Douji is a  fermented soybean paste that very popular condiment in Indonesia. Tauco usually added in Peranakan or Chinese Indonesian Cuisine, Sundanese and also Javanese cuisine. Tauco is made by fermenting the boiled soybean with salted water in a large clay container that is sun-dried for several weeks to further the fermentation process until the color turned to yellow-reddish. Tauco got a savoury flavour and aromas, very good for stir frying seafood or vegetables, If you can fund any tauco, you can use miso or japanese soybean paste to replace it.

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Dried Octopus, lil Davy Jones

This is dried and salted octopus. The fresh small size octopus is cleaned and the internal ink sack inside the head removed, the entire octopus then salted within hours (probably overnight) then sun dried untill loss almost 80 percent of the moisture. In indonesia we called dried and salted octopus as gurita asin that literary translated as salted octopus. The market price of dried and salted octopus here in Indoesian is around 20- 30 USD for a kilo due to the excessive weight loss from the fresh octopus. Y0u probably find dried octopus in Asian market or chinese groceries, don’t hesitate to smell and touch the dried octopus. The good quality dried octopus got a ocean smells without any hint of funny chemical smells. Some white salt crystal is a good sign of dried seafood product, but don’t purchase anything with mold or slime on the surface.

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Dried and Salted Dried Octopus, Delicious Ugly Looking Creatures

What do you thing when you looking of my dried octopus??? mine was Davi Jones from The Pirates of the Carribbean. Bizzare looking dried octopus is actually a delicacy in Asian kitchen. You can use dried octopus for making Superior Soup Stock Recipe, Rice Claypot Recipe or even Asian Rice Congee. Dried octopus can be turn into delciousdish  if you cooked it right.

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The Dried Octopus Soaked Overnight in Refrigerator to Soften a Little Bit

How to cook the dried octopus, well first think you should do is rehydrate the dried octopus by soaking it in cold tab water for about 2 hours prior to cooking,  but i prefer to soaked my dried octopus in the fridge overnight.  The dried rehydrated octopus should be seems double it’s original size once you drain it.  You can rubbed the skin alittle bit to remove any remaining excess salt crystal on it.

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Deep Fried Octopus, Ready for Stew

The rehydrated octopus is usually deep fried or pan fried until slighly charred before added to stew or braised dish, but this is unnecessary steps if tyou want to make soup using dried octopus. The deep fried octopus is actually ready to eat, but it’s still slighly chewy and tough, so it need to be prolonged cooked slowly to tenderize the meat. Yupp, octopus is very unique seafood, not like fish,  prawn or squid, prolonged cooking process made octopus meat tender even more by the additional period.

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 (Resep Gurita Bumbu Tauco Pedas)

Recipe Stewed Octopus with Spicy Tauco or Fermented Soybean with Chilies, Chayote and Coconut Milk:


  • 500 grams dried octopus (or 750 grams fresh octopus)
  • 3 ripe tomatoes,cubed
  • 30 gr bird eyechili, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tauco/ fermented soybean paste
  • 1 tbs of rock sugar
  • 2 tbs of premium light soy sauce
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 12 red shallots, chopped
  • 5 cm  ginger, chopped
  • 1-2 slice of galagal, bruised
  • 1 1/2-2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups water (or more)
  • vegetable milk for stif frying and deep frying
  • 1 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Andaliman pepper #optional
  • 2 cubes of cubed chayote #optional

Garnish: spring onion, julienned, soaked in ice water until it become to curl.

Marinade : 2 tbsp lemon juice or kaffir lime juice

How to Make Stewed Octopus with Spicy Tauco or Fermented Soybean with Chilies, Chayote and Coconut Milk:


  1.  Soak the dried octopus in cold water overnight in the fridge, drain and discard the soaking water
  2. Marinade the octopus with kafffir lime juice for about 5 miutes, drain
  3. Deep fried the rehydrated dry squid until slighly crisp for a couple of minutes, drain
  4. You can skil the process above iy you using fresh octopus that cleaned and cut into bite size
  5. Remove the oil and het the remaining 2 tbsp excess oil for stir frying the seasoning
  6. Saute ginger, shallots, garlic, galagal, and chilies until fragrance and slighly charred.
  7. Add the tauco and kaffir lime leaves and stir fry another 2 minutes
  8. Add the octopus, chayote, and tomato
  9. Pour the water and coconut milk, season it with salt, sugar and pepper
  10. bring the octopus seasing to boil and reduce the heat into simmer, cover the lid and let it slowly cooked until tender for about 30-45 minutes depending on the size of your octopus
  11. Serve the stewed octopus with spicy tauco ot fermented bean sauce with the garnish

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49 thoughts on “Recipe Stewed Octopus in Spicy Tauco Fermented Soy Bean with Tomato, Chili, Chayote and Coconut Milk (Resep Gurita Bumbu Tauco Pedas)

  1. You had me at octopus! Love octopus and I fell in love with my husband when he made octopus for me. Very interesting combination of flavors, doc. When are you putting out a cookbook?

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  2. Ooooo…those dried octopus are so so so sweet! Lovely in soups. Fermented beans and coconut milk together? Hmmmm…that’s new. Never had the two together – either one or the other. Gotta try this sometime.

  3. I love eating octopus, I love the taste. However, a lot of the time cooked octopus is rubbery! Dried octopus, I like that but I still preferred boiled. Octopus with coconut milk sauce? What a creative recipe as usual 😀

  4. I didnt even know that dried octopus existed. I have made it from fresh, but never dried. This recipe has gotten me ever so curious! What a fantastic dish!

  5. Dedy, I will not cook octopus, but like to eat once in a while, I like the idea of fermented be a and coconut milk…great recipe, as usual.
    Have a wonderful week 🙂

  6. What a wonderful presentation. I love how you have cooked you lil Davy Jones. I have seen them dried but have only bought fresh before. Amazing flavours you have created here, I will gladly try them with some fresh octopus . P.S. I hope you did well in the challenge 😀

  7. Long-cooked octopus is good stuff. A tough sell in the US, however — most people haven’t eaten it. This looks excellent — thanks.

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