Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jtown Cafe @ Midpoint Orchard - Where You Can Get Martabak (Sweet Thick Pancake), A Common Indonesia Street Food


At the stretch of Orchard Road, you will be surprised to find a cheap eat place at Jtown Cafe, Midpoint Orchard offering authentic Indonesian street food where you can get a meal for under ten dollar. Furthermore the restaurant is Halal certified.

Bakmie Ayam/Bakmie Ayam Cabe Ijo 2.8/5

I have to say I was a bit naive when I placed my order as I am not familiar with Indonesian cuisine. When I asked the owner whether there is any different between the Bakmie Ayam (Indonesian Chicken Noodle) and Bakmie Ayam Cabe Ijo (Green Chilli Chicken Noodle), she told me that they are actually different. Well it turned out that both bowls of noodle looked the same, except one is more spicy. Thank you for the advice, it was very helpful..zzz...

Bakmie Ayam/Bakmie Ayam Cabe Ijo 2.8/5

Anyway we did not enjoy both bowls of noodle. We felt the texture of the noodles is too mushy and soggy. If this is what the locals like, then I am not used to the texture. I prefer the texture our own Chinese's noodle dishes. The diced chicken meat was hardly noticeable too. I also suspected that chicken seasoning powder is added to the noodle to give it a chicken flavour.


My main purposes of visiting Jtown Cafe is to try the Martabak, a common food that can be easily found in the street of Indonesia. It is a type of sweet Indonesian thick pancake, a bit similar to our Chinese's Ban Jian Kueh. It is traditionally consists of condensed milk, chocolate, cheese, fruits and crushed peanuts.

Martabak Campur 3.5/5

We had the Martabak Campur ($3.90 regular) which is a mix martabak with chocolate, peanut and cheese. It is rather sweet but I like the fluffy and spongy texture of the martabak. It even have a Martabak Duran ($4.50 regular) using D24 durian and Martabak Special OVOpop with premium ovomaltine spread and cheese.


I have not known of any other places that sells martabak. Until I am aware of another place where I can eat this common Indonesia street food, Jtown Cafe will be the place to go to for me to sink my teeth into these fluffy pancakes.

Jtown Cafe
Midpoint Orchard
220 Orchard Road
Singapore 238852
Tel: +65 92305040
Nearest MRT: Somerset (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12pm - 9pm
Sat-Sun: 11am - 9pm

1) Alight at Somerset MRT station: Take Exit B. Walk to the ground level. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

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