The growing communities of Filipinos living overseas inevitably allowed us to experience more and more culinary concoctions. As a Filipino, when introduced to new kinds of Southeast Asian food, you might wonder: "What's the closest thing we have of this back home?" "Would this be patok to the Philippine market?" or "Would this be bagay with (insert your favorite food/drink here)?" These sorts of experiences have led to the venture of a popular Indonesian street food called martabak.
The term "martabak" may have been derived from the Arabic word 'mutabbaq' which literally means "folded" hence its rumored origin being from the Middle East. Although it has a different place of origin, it is also a very popular dish served in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia as street food. Essentially martabak has two variants: the sweet one (also called martabak manis or terang bulan because of its half-moon-like shape) and the savory one (also called martabak telur). The sweet martabak was said to have originated from China and is popular in many South East Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore.
Lezzat [leh-zat] is a bahasa Indonesia word that stands for delicious - appealing to one of the bodily senses especially taste or smell. The word has simply been chosen to characterize the unique taste and smell of martabak. Lezzat Martabak is operated by The Fluffy Crunch Ltd. Co., a duly registered local partnership associated with the management of Holland Martabak and Terang-bulan based in Surabaya, Indonesia, famous for their three variants of martabak: Sweet Fluffy, Sweet Crispy and Savory. These three are also showcased through Lezzat Martabak’s first store in Metro Manila.
One unique experience in Lezzat Martabak’s store is an open kitchen where customers can watch the Indonesian chef and cooks make the martabak. The batter is first made with a simple mixture of flour, eggs, sugar, and other common baking ingredients. Using a thick circular iron skillet, the batter is then poured on top and rounded on the walls of the rim to produce that small thin crust. Then other ingredients are layered evenly on top such as butter, grated cheddar cheese, chocolate just to name a few. Finally, it is folded, hence being labeled as "martabak", and sliced into smaller portions.
Introducing first is the "Fluffy martabak", similar to breakfast pancakes, only these are thicker and served with generous fillings of your choice. As of now, Lezzat Martabak offers cheese, dark chocolate, mixed choco and cheese, crunchymaltine (which is chocolate spread with malt) and Nutella (by the way who doesn't love Nutella?). The other sweet variant is the "Crispy martabak" which is also filled with your flavor of choice same as in the "Fluffy". Some might call it the "Thin martabak" with a texture like that of a barquillo or a fortune cookie.
Undoubtedly the pride of Lezzat Martabak is the "Savoury martabak", which is basically scrambled eggs with white onions and onion leeks folded inside a layer of dough which is deep fried till golden brown. One can choose between minced beef shanks, chicken fillet, tuna and corned beef for the filling, with beef being the best-seller. Paired with special sweet chili sauce and pickled cucumbers, one can enjoy the taste of that Indonesian flavor from all the way south of the equator.
Serving these three varieties using fresh, quality ingredients are what separates Lezzat Martabak from the few other martabak joints that have opened its doors here in the country. Lezzat's pioneer branch is located at The Portal, United St., Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City which is just a block away from EDSA and Shaw Blvd. Intersection. Lezzat Martabak is open daily from 11.00 am to 11.00 pm. The store accepts pre-orders and online orders which can be delivered via Grab or other delivery service agents.