Visit Indonesia Without Leaving the States (with Pancakes)

Crystal clear water and sandy beaches, low prices and great food. Indonesia is on my bucket list of places I’d like to visit. But, even if I can’t go there (for now) it is always a good idea to use food as a medium to transfer you somewhere. And this time that medium comes in the sweetest form ever: pancakes.


Indonesian Pancakes

You will find them by the names of Serabi, Srabi, or Surabi, and while the name for these rice pancakes might vary, one thing that remains constant about them is: they are delicious!

The key ingredients, besides rice flour, of course, include coconut milk or shredded coconut and coconut sugar. Serabi are usually served as an afternoon tea snack, unlike our delicious pancakes, which are usually served for breakfast or brunch. Although the traditional way of preparing these pancakes is in an earthenware pan, the regular fry pan will do the job. And the most interesting thing about these hotcakes is they are only cooked on one side.

These sweet pancakes are served with a thick, brown coconut sugar syrup called kinca, but other toppings such as ground peanuts, jackfruit, sliced bananas, or other fruits are also possible.

You can even make these pancakes in a savory version. Top them with either corned beef, shredded chicken or sausage, and cheddar cheese.

Indonesian Pancake Recipe

To prepare this pancake recipe you will need:

half a cup of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1⁄4 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 cup of coconut milk

half a cup of water

First of all, combine the coconut milk, water, salt, and egg together. In a separate bowl, sift the flour and then add the baking powder to it. Combine the dry and wet ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Set aside for around 10 minutes.

The serabi are small, so for this pancake recipe, you will have to be careful with the dosage of the pancake batter. Around 2 tablespoons of batter per pancake will do. Preheat a frying pan on low heat and then spray it with oil, add the batter and cook like you would your regular pancakes. Remember though, this pancake recipe differs from the regular ones because the serabi should only be cooked on one side, so no flipping here! J The serabi is pretty much ready when the top is covered with little holes.

To make this pancake recipe even better, you can also prepare your own sauce. Spoon some of the sauce into a shallow bowl, then proceed to place the serabi on top.

You will need:

1 ½ cups of coconut milk,

¼ cup of coconut sugar

1 teaspoon sugar

1⁄8 teaspoon salt

Place the ingredients for the syrup into a pan and heat until the sugar is melted. You can also enrich the syrup by adding 2 peeled bananas. Cook for around 5 minutes.

There you have it guys, the sweetest taste of Indonesia at your fingertips. Prepare a batch of delicious serabi and float on (just like they float onto the sauce) to the incredible land that is Indonesia.

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