The history of Kartika Sari

Visitors to Bandung are known to raid the many Kartika Sari outlets in town for their vast array of treats to bring home – and the same applies to my family and I. Among its various delicacies on offer, I’ve fallen in love the most with its Pisang Molen (batter-fried banana puff pastry) – ever since I first encountered it back in 1993, during the time when the whole nation began to fall head over heels in love with Kartika Sari.
This bakery juggernaut first made waves locally way back in 1984. However, its initial conception was in 1970, although on a much smaller scale. It now has several outlets under its belt across the City of Flowers. It was only a couple of months ago while I was in town when I went to its branch on Jalan H. Djuanda specifically to snap up a box of its Pisang Molen Coklat Keju (batter-fried banana puff pastry with chocolate and cheese fillings), with each box containing ten pieces of this delight. As one would expect, the place was pretty crowded when I got there, as customers were there not only for its Pisang Molen but also for its renowned selection of brownies and brownies kukus (steamed brownies). After a lengthy wait in line at the counter, I finally managed to get what I came for.
I stopped in my tracks a mere couple of steps after I exited the premises. The suspense was just too much for me as I quickly opened the box and grabbed one out. Its silky smooth brownish exterior glowed before my eyes before I then devoured it in one go. What makes its Pisang Molen so special is its buttery and crusty puff. Add to that the sweet-and-salty mix of its banana, chocolate sprinkles and cheese fillings, and you got yourself a Pisang Molen that stands head and shoulders above its equivalents.

Jl. Ir. H. Djuanda No. 85, Dago,
T: 022 250 9500
Open daily from 8.30am-9pm
Rp.44,000/US$3.30 per box

A die-hard fan of authentic Indonesian delights who loves the idea of travelling to the cradle of those enticing local treats. Yet, you might often find this young lad busy with his guitar – be it alone in his room or, sometimes, on stage.

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