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August 27, 2018

New Indonesian fare 'martabak' comes to Graduate Hospital

The egg-based stuffed pancakes blend flavors of salty and sweet

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While many people, especially Americans, don’t typically add cheese to their chocolate chip pancakes, a restaurant rooted in Indonesian fare recently opened with just that in mind. According to EaterMartabak OK opened Aug. 21 in Graduate Hospital serving what's known in Indonesia as "martabak."

It’s an egg-based stuffed pancake with butter, (lots of butter), and either sweet or savory fillings. Cheese is included in all types. "Martabak” is relatively known as the king of Indonesian street food. It comes from the Arabic word, “mutabbaq” which means “folded.” 

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Brothers Berry The and Beddy Sonie opened the restaurant together. This isn’t Sonie’s first foray in bringing Indonesian cuisine to Philly. He owns and runs D’Jakarta in South Philly with his wife, Alfitri. Originally from Jakarta, one half of the duo, The, mentions they are using the original street food recipes.

“Combining cheese with Nutella or Oreos — in Asia, it’s normal – but you don’t see it over here. But it’s a good combination when you taste it, the salty and the sweet,” The mentioned to Eater. 

Currently, they are only serving sweet martabak, or "martabak manis," but soon they will expand their menu to include savory martabak, or "martabak telor," and even “mizza" which is more of an open-faced martabak similar to a pizza. They will also be serving specialty coffee as well, including "avocado coffee" (espresso, avocado, sugar and chocolate ice cream), cream cheese coffee (espresso, sugar, and cream cheese), and "ma-co" (matcha, espresso and milk.)

Their current offerings range in price from $14.95 to $21.95. Sweet martabak comes with cheese, sweetened condensed milk and a variety of add-ins, including all kinds of things from Nutella to Toblerone. Want something more creative? They have five standout martabaks, including a red velvet that comes with cream cheese and Oreos, and a green tea flavor that features cheese and Green Tea Kit Kats. 

Martabak OK is located at 1801 Washington Ave. They are closed on Mondays, but open Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

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