Tempe Melet or Tempe Mercun (Explosive)

This snack or side dish originated from Indonesia and has been trending ever since.

Tempe Melet or Tempe Mercun (Explosive)


  • 6 packs Tempe (2 pc/pack) Halves
  • 5 pcs rED cHILI
  • 5 pcs Green Chili
  • 20 pcs Red Cili Padi (Bird Eyes Chili) use more or less
  • 10 pcs Cherry Tomato or 2 Tomatoes chopped intoi chubks
  • 3 nos. Shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Chicken stock powder optional
  • 3 tbs Cooking Oil
  • Sugar to taste



  • In an electric chopper, add the chilies, garlic & shallots. Roughly chopped this ingredients,
  • Heat oil in a sauce pan. Add the chopped ingredients. Add salt and saute for about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the chopped tomatoes and continue stirring. Add in the Chicken Stock Powder & Sugar. Continue cooking.
  • The Sambal is cooked when it turns slightly darker. Turn off the heat,. set aside to cool.

Preparing the Tempe

  • Take 2 pieces of the tempe, take about 1/2 tsp of the sambal spread on 1 pc of the tempe and take teh other piece to form like a sandwich. Repeat the steps until all the Tempe are done.

For the Batter

  • Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mixing all the ingredients into a smooth batter.

Deep Frying

  • Heat sufficient oil in a frying pan. Coat the sandwiched Tempe with the batter. Place it into the hot oil, be sure to set the heat to medium heat. Cook until golden brown and crisp.
  • Remove from the frying pan and plan on kitchen towelin order to absorb access oil. The Tempe Melet is ready to be served as a snack or as a side dish.


If your sambal is less spicy, for that extra kick and freshness, you can eat the Tempe together with Green Chili Padi. Yummz
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