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Lapis Surabaya

Lapis Surabaya

Lapis Surabaya

Last week, I shared my experience at Lapis Lapis in Jakarta with my good friend, Titan. If you haven’t seen the video make sure to check it out here!

So for today, I am sharing my take on Lapis Surabaya. I got this recipe from my mum’s old notebook and made some modifications to suit the size of my pan. As I don’t fancy making a whole cake because I can’t finish, I made my Kueh Lapis in a loaf pan instead. If you want to make a large 7-inch square cake, just double the recipe will do.

Lapis Surabaya

Additionally, if you have noticed, I’m not in my own kitchen! I shot this recipe in IMPIXEL kitchen studio. Make sure to check out my video recipe on Youtube and tell me about my new shooting style. I certainly do feel nervous speaking in front of the camera while baking. But I really want to share my tips and trick and connect with all of you so I hope you guys will enjoy my new format. 

Lapis Surabaya

Lapis Surabaya

Lapis Surabaya
7.9" x 4.3" Loaf Pan
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  1. 10 Egg Yolks
  2. 125 grams of Fine Sugar
  3. 50 grams of Plain Flour
  4. 125 grams of Salted Butter
  5. 2 tsp. of Milk Powder
  6. 1 tsp. of Vanilla Extract
  7. 1 tbsp. of Cocoa Powder
  8. 2 tbsp. of Strawberry Jam
  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Beat butter for 10 minutes on high speed until pale and fluffy.
  3. Set aside and beat egg yolks and sugar in another bowl for 10 minutes on high speed.
  4. Lower your mixer speed and stir in plain flour and milk powder.
  5. Drizzle in vanilla extract.
  6. Next, fold in butter.
  7. In a small bowl, mix cocoa powder and a tablespoon of water until well.
  8. Separate the mixture into 3 and stir in cocoa powder mixture with one of the bowl.
  9. Transfer each mixture into a loaf (7.9" x 4.3") lined with parchment paper.
  10. Bake it in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  11. Let it cool completely and layer them by spreading some strawberry jam in each layer.
  12. Trim the edges and serve!
  1. Add orange zest or spice to change things up a little.
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Martabak Manis (Indo Thick Pancake)


Do you know our Singapore Min Jiang Kueh? Or what the Malaysian called, Apam Balik?


This is something similar. Compared to ours (Sg and Msia), theirs are much thicker, much more filling, and much larger in size! It’s Indonesian-style. They call it, Martabak Manis.


You should totally try it out. If you have had been to Indonesia, I’m sure you have tried this. But if you have yet to, do not fair! Make yourself one! They are so easy to make.

Instead of just peanuts and sugar, they used a mixture of butter, chocolate, chopped peanuts and cheddar cheese. ‘Keju’ is what they named their cheese. I just like the word ‘Keju, keju’, so cute.

Martabak Manis (Indonesian Thick Pancake)
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Pancake Batter
  1. (2 cups) 250 grams of plain flour
  2. 1 tbsp. of baking powder
  3. ¼ tsp. of salt
  4. 1 tsp. of instant yeast
  5. 2 tbsp. + 1 tbsp. of sugar
  6. (1 ¼ cups) 310 grams of warm water
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Chocolate chips
  2. Butter
  3. Condensed milk
  4. Chopped peanuts
  5. Cheddar cheese
  1. In a jar, combine warm water, 2 tablespoon of sugar and instant yeast together. Let it sit for 10 minutes until bubbly.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together plain flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Stir the rest of the ingredients including the yeast water and mix for a minute until smooth.
  4. Let it proof for an hour.
  5. Preheat and grease your 9 inch non-stick pan on low heat.
  6. Transfer your batter into the pan and swirl around to give the crispy edge.
  7. Once the edges start to dry out, sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar and cover with a lid.
  8. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes.
  9. After 10 minutes, immediately transfer into a cutting board.
  10. Spread a layer of softens butter.
  11. Sprinkle some chocolate chips, chopped peanuts.
  12. A light drizzle of condensed milk.
  13. And a good grating of cheddar cheese.
  14. Make an incision cut on the center and fold it into half. Slice them into half.
  15. Serve them in bite-sized pieces.
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Indonesian-Style Avocado Milkshake

I love avocado. Avocado helps to lower bad helps lower bad cholesterol, and is also high in vitamin B which fights off diseases and good for your skin.


To me, Indonesian Avocado Milkshake is like my childhood favorite drink. My mum was born in Indonesia as a Chinese- Indonesian. She was later married to my dad, who is a Singaporean and eventually moved to Singapore. 

Often when I travel to Indonesia to visit my relatives, the first thing I would order in any restaurant or eatery is Avocado Milkshake. It’s thick, creamy and full of goodness.

Indonesian Avocado Milkshake
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  1. 1/2 avocado
  2. 30 grams of Gula Melaka (Palm sugar)
  3. 2 tbsp. of water
  4. (1 cup) 250 grams of milk
  5. (1 cup) handful of ice
  1. Chopped up Gula Melaka (Palm sugar) and melt them with water on low heat.
  2. Blend everything together.
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