Easy Martabak Manis Recipe | Indonesian Thick Sweet Pancakes | no bake Asian desserts


Today we’re making Martabak Manis, or thick Indonesian sweet pancakes. This popular street snack have variations across Southeast Asia, in Singapore and Malaysia, these are also known as Appam Balik or Mi Jiang Kueh.

While also a sweet snack, Appam Balik and Mi Jiang Kueh are definitely not as sinful as the Indonesian version, which is usually slathered with TONS of butter or margerine, sweet toppings and always topped with sweet condensed milk – oh, and LOADED with sugar. It’s super easy to make actually, and the plus side of making it yourself is you get to control the amount of sinful ingredients – or not, I’m not judging.

My choice of topping is cheddar cheese and Nutella, but the toppings are totally up to you. In Indonesia, cheese, Ceres brand of chocolate sprinkles and chopped nuts are used.


Recipe makes batter for 1 pancake in a 10-inch pan.

  • 225g Plain Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 25g Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 325ml Water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda + water
  • Extra Sugar for sprinkling
  • Toppings:
  • 2 tbsps shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 tbsps Nutella
  • 2 tbsps Condensed Milk

Other toppings:

  • Ceres (chocolate crispies)
  • Crushed Nuts
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