Jakarta street food: Martabak manis


It’s like crumpet topped with melted chocolate and cheese.  I don’t know of any other place where cheese is used as a flavouring for sweets, but it actually works!  Indonesians love cheese and it’s comparatively expensive.

My own memories of martabak are from Tebet Barat in Jakarta. The sweet one they make there is way too sweet for me, there was too much of it and it was loaded with margarine.  The normal, savoury martabak is more like an omelet, with a few veggies to make it seem healthy.  Still, next time I’ll keep an eye out for this kind of martabak manis since it’s snack sized and delicious too.

Of course, martabak did not originate in Indonesia, you can get it in India too.

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