Martabak Grande serves up an Indonesian street snack that resembles our apam balik but it's thicker and fluffier. The outer layer is crunchy and the inner layer is soft and they even come in flavours like pandan and red velvet.
Sweet, Sinful, and Addictive
3-1, Jalan PJU 7/16a, Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya
One of the places in town to get Indonesian martabak
Can be a bit too rich for some
Let's get this straight, martabak (with an 'a') is a popular snack in Indonesia where it resembles our own apam balik. It is thicker and usually comes with sweet fillings. Lucky for us a local Malaysian learnt the recipe from a martabak master in Jakarta and opened a martabak shop here in Mutiara Damansara (God bless her soul).
Martabak Grande not only offer a multitude of fillings, but also different flavours for the martabak itself as well. For the martabak they have original flavour, vanilla, red velvet and pandan on the weekends. For fillings, you can choose from nutella and cheese, oreo and cheese, kaya and cheese or chocolate and cheese.
We tried the original martabak with nutella and cheese filling. The martabak is first smothered in butter and then nutella is spread on half of the martabak, while the other half has grated cheese. They top it off with condensed milk and it's done! This lovely little snack is sliced in half and folded so the residue heat melts the cheese and the chocolate together into a lovely gooey filling. The outer layer is crunchy while the inner layer is soft and mushy. Imagine our apam balik (the fat one) but thicker and fluffier. The sweetness of the nutella and richness of the cheese does well to further enhance the taste of the martabak.
Besides sweet martabak, they also have martabak telur which resembles our own murtabak but instead of eating it with curry or jeruk bawang, they eat it with acar. Martabak Grande is something new (to me) in terms of sweet desserts and I don't mind coming over for a second trip if I can't decide between an apam balik or a cake.