Pepes Tahu (Tofu wrap in banana leaf)

Pepes is cooking method which involve banana leaf as food wrappings. The banana-leaf package containing food is secured with lidi/toothpicks, cooked on steam then grilled(optional). This cooking technique allowed the rich spices mixture to be compressed against the main ingredients inside the individual banana leaf package while being cooked, and also add distinct aroma of cooked or burned banana leaf when its grilled. Although being cooked simultaneously with food, the banana leaf is a non-edible material and its function was as the cookable organic wrapper. Pepes Tahu is Mashed tofu wrap in banana leaf.

Pepes is originally come from West Java area. There are lots of pepes varian such as pepes ikan(fish), pepes ayam(chicken), etc. It’s really rich in taste. Eat with warm steam rice would be perfect. Can’t believe that i finally can make pepes on my own. Been a great achievement for me, lol.




500 gr tofu, mashed

6 bay leaves

1 package basil leaf

2 tomatoes, slices

3 lemongrass

banana leaf


Grounded ingredients:

3 cloves garlic

1 clove shallot

2 red chili, slices

5 hot chili

1 tsp salt

1 tbs sugar




  1. Preheat Steamer.
  2. Mixed tofu with grounded ingredients.
  3. In banana leaf, put lemongrass, bay leaves, tomatoes slices, basil leaf and tofu mixture. Close it. Secure it using toothpick.
  4. Steam for about 30 – 45 menit.