“Serabi” is basically Indonesian-style “appams” – those soft, sweet, moist little pancakes we get in Malaysia and Singapore. And the most famous “serabi” in the whole of Java, if not Indonesia, must be Serabi Solo Notosuman, in the Central Javanese royal town of Solo. The popular pancake shop was started in 1923 by 2 Chinese-Indonesians, Tan Giok Lan and Hoo Geng Hok.
Serabi Solo Notosuman’s pancakes tasted extremely rich in coconut, and have a light chocolate filling. The pancakes are slightly oily and are wrapped in banana leaves (which makes them easier to handle), and are slightly thicker than the appams in Malaysia/Singapore, but taste pretty much the same.
A few years back, die-hard "serabi" fans used to queue up at 3am in the mornings, to make sure they get to buy the pancakes!! Come at 4am, and they're sold out! Thankfully, there are now branches all over Indonesia, and the taste of those famous pancakes have been retained consistently.
Serabi Solo Notosuman
Jl. M. Yamin 28
Solo, Central Java
Tel: 0271 65185