‘Kue Ape’ also known as ‘’Serabi Jakarta’ is regarded as an Indonesian take on Indian pancakes known as appam. The Indonesian version, which is usually associated with Jakarta, is prepared with a batter consisting of wheat flour, palm sugar, coconut milk, and yeast.
The pancake is typically crispy on the edges, while the center remains soft. It is often flavored with pandan, which gives these pancakes a distinctive green color.
According to some sources, the name kue ape was coined from how the Betawi people would ask about something. The story goes that one day a Betawi man saw someone selling a soft-centered round cake with a crispy crust. “Kue ape ini, bang?” (“What cake is that?”), he asked. Nonchalantly, the seller replied, “Ya, ini kue ape.” (“Yes, this is what cake”). Whether a true story or not, I enjoyed eating these delicious little pancakes and would recommend them as a ‘must try’ when visiting Jakarta 👌🇮🇩🥞 #Jakarta #Indonesia #kue #kuepape #kuepancong #streetfood