Late-night craving

Don’t you just hate it when you feel peckish at midnight? While our friends abroad may have to resort to frozen meals or mini-markets to satiate their hunger, we’re fortunate enough to have a wide array of dishes available during those times down here – from main courses to desserts. One of the most popular, however, is Martabak. There are two types of Martabak, and they are Martabak Manis (sweet stuffed pancake) and Martabak Telur (savoury stuffed pancake). These days, the range of fillings that are on offer is way more varied, although the majority still prefer the classics. Here are some of the city’s most-loved Martabak joints.

Martabak Pecenongan 65A
There weren’t that many Martabak sellers in Jakarta back in the 1970s, which a traditional pharmacist from Bandung saw as an opportunity. Upping sticks to the capital city, he went and opened one on Jalan Pecenongan – a near-deserted street. Now, though, it has become one of the most fashionable culinary destinations around, all thanks to Martabak Pecenongan 65A. It’s worth noting that this joint is considered to be the pioneer of the modern Martabak after it unveiled its unique Nutella- and Toblerone-filled Martabak back in 2013.

Martabak Boss
Often mentioned in the same breath as Martabak Pecenongan 65A due to its status as one of the first innovators of the modern Martabak, some of its creations include Red Velvet Oreo and Tuna Bule (savoury stuffed pancake filled with tuna, corn, and cheese). You could easily deduce its popularity from the long queues that you would normally find in front of its container-shaped stall.

Martabak Orins
Inspired by his child’s unusual routine of separating the two layers of a Martabak Manis prior to eating it, Sonny Adryanto came up with Martabak Pizza Special. A signature item at Martabak Orins, it is served on one layer and is flat akin to a pizza. With 14 varieties ranging from coklat kacang wijen (chocolate, peanuts, and sesame seeds) to green tea and Kit Kat, Martabak Orins appeals to both conservative and trendy Martabak enthusiasts.

Martabak 999
While the first three vendors mentioned here are known for their Martabak Manis, Martabak 999 is revered for its Martabak Telur. What makes its savoury Martabak so special is that it contains chunks of beef instead of minced beef. The perfect hearty snack.

Martabak Kubang Hayuda
Although celebrated for its generously filled meat Martabak, Martabak Kubang Hayuda also offers ingredients that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. It sources out seasonings and spices from Padang, resulting in a Martabak that is rich in flavour. Try its Roti Cane Kari (curry roti canai) if you’re here.

Monica Livia is the youngest contributing writer in Good Indonesian Food. Born and bred under the watchful eyes of her grandmother, who happens to be a baker, she has been falling in love with food since she was a wee kid.

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