Saturday, April 21, 2012

Roti Tissue and More Goodness at Kedai Sabindo (Surabaya, Indonesia)

In Indonesia, you don't have to hang out at upscale cafes and bars after dinner. Desserts at a dive works just as well for many people, and Kedai Sabindo is always packed. As with other dives in this country, there's no air conditioning and you sit on plastic stools, yet people clamor to this place for its roti tissu ("tissue bread", also known as tissue prata).

Roti Tissue is a Malaysian Mamak (Tamil Muslim) food and is basically a wide, round-shaped, thinner version of roti canai, grilled until crispy on the spot...
.. rolled up on the grill
.. until you get this cone of very thin, crispy "tissue", doused in toppings on the inside (chocolate sauce, condensed milk, or cheese - or whatever sounds good to you).
It's a very simple yet very addictive dessert. Large enough to share but good enough to not share with too many people. It costs less than $1 anyway, so splurge ahead.

Kedai Sabindo also serves a proper teh tarik.
There's also roti canai. We ordered the "complete" version called "roti cobra" which comes with a mild meat curry sauce and topped with a fried egg (less than $2).

You just attack and grab both roti tissu and roti canai with your hands. In other words, this is a fun place to enjoy good food with people you're comfortable fingering your foods with.

Kedai Sabindo
Simpang Darmo Permai Utara no.5
Surabaya, Indonesia


Wandering Chopsticks

Now you're making me crave roti canai so bad!

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