I must say that although I’m quite familiar with Surabi (sweet pancake), I’ve never given it a try my whole life – until I went on a culinary adventure to Bandung a few months ago. I made a beeline to Surabi Cihapit after hearing only good things about it, and it was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made.
Located in Cihapit right next to Pasar Cihapit, Surabi Cihapit hawks its selection of Surabi from a simple old-looking cart under a small tent. Despite its humble base, this warung will surprise any newcomers with its delightful sweet treats.
I got there at around 3pm, and a couple of customers were lining up at the counter to order some Surabi to go. There are three flavours to choose from here: original, chocolate, and cheese. Its dough features a delicate and moist texture, with its overall taste enhanced even further by the chocolate sprinkles and cheese toppings. The sweet and creamy sensation that you will taste from the very first bite will spoil your taste buds no end. This is the kind of delicacy that I’d happily travel a long way for.
In order to get more insight behind the shop, I quizzed one of the employees there, who enlightened me via a brief story regarding its past. It turns out that Surabi Cihapit was established by the owner’s grandmother in 1970. It used to operate a few other branches in town, until they had to be shut down as the owner found it difficult to replace the many staff members who suddenly decided to walk out and return to their respective hometowns.
Bandung, West Java
Open daily from 6am-11am and 3pm-9pm, except on Sunday from 6am-9pm
Rp.5,000/US$0.40 per piece