Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Pondok Sanjaya (Pempek - Fish Cake)

Palembang Food

My ex-supervisor brought me to eat at Pondok Sanjaya that served delicious Palembang food (Palembang is the capital city from South Sumatra, Indonesia).

Palembang Food

The most famous authentic dish from Palembang is Pempek.
Pempek is fish cake made from mackerel fish and sago.
It can be consumed as main meal or as snack.

Palembang Food

Different types of Pempek:

Palembang Food

No. 1 = Pempek Pistel (grated young papaya filling)
No. 2 = Pempek Kulit Ikan (Fish Skin)
No. 3 = Pempek Tahu (tofu filling)
No. 4 = Pempek Keriting (Curly)
No. 5 = Pempek Lenjer (without filling)
No. 6 = Pempek Telor or also known as Kapal Selam Kecil (egg filling)
Note: There are 2 kinds of Pempek Kapal Selam (trans: kapal selam means submarine, Besar means Big, Kecil means Small). Pempek Kapal Selam Besar is filled with duck egg and in a bigger size than Pempek Telor. Pempek Kapal Selam Kecil/ Telor is filled with chicken egg .
No. 7 = Pempek Adaan (the fish cake dough is mixed with onions and coconut milk)

Aside from the shape of Pempek Pistel and Pempek Telor are almost the same, you can tell that Pempek Pistel got wave edges.

All the pempeks are boiled first before deep fried except the Pempek skin fish and Pempek Adaan which directly being deep fried.

Inside the pempek:
No. 3 = tofu
No. 6 = chicken egg
No. 1 = grated young papaya

Palembang Food

Served with a pungent sweet sour sauce made from vinegar, garlic, salt and brown sugar plus a drizzle of dried shrimp.

Palembang Food

Pempek is one of my favorite food. I just love the chewy texture:)

3 types of chili sauce:
Bird eye's chili sauce- Peanut chili sauce - Red chili sauce with fermented soy bean
Palembang Food

Another type of Pempek which is not fried but directly grilled on charcoal is called as Pempek Panggang or also know as Tunu. Usually, eaten with ebi (dried shrimp) and sweet soy sauce.

A good way to eat it is by adding the bird eye's chili sauce for those who love to eat hot and spicy.

Pempek Panggang
Palembang Food

Otak - Otak
Fish cake wrapped in banana leaves and grilled on charcoal.
In Palembang, otak-otak is served with red chili sauce mixed fermented soy sauce, but in other cities, it is served with the peanut sauce.
Palembang Food

Model Gandum
The fried dough is made from wheat, served with mushroom and glass vermicelli in soup.
Palembang Food

the same dough like pempek but it's boiled like little meatballs in soup
Palembang Food

Es Kacang (Red Bean ice)
with coconut milk and chocolate condense milk
Palembang Food

Bubur Sumsum or Jongkong
Rice pudding made from rice flour, coconut milk, salt and pandan leaves, eaten with brown sugar sauce.
Palembang Food

Restoran Sari Sanjaya
(Pondok Sanjaya)
Jl. Lapangan Roos Raya No. 1 Tebet
Telp: (021) 52901588

Disclaimer:The review and opinion expressed here are purely according to my personal taste. There's a possibility that the taste of the food might change later on, which could affect the review and opinion here. I also affirm that no monetary or non-monetary compensation has been received from this restaurant for writing this review.


  1. Selby, what a lovely assortment of Pempek. Bird chili's can be hot, and I'm assuming they are similar to the goat peppers we got in the Bahamas. A little bit of their hot goes a long way.

  2. this is awesome! just fantastic to see the variation available! :)

  3. pempek is like our malaysian yong tofu...ya..but this is with different lovely sauce

  4. Awesome to learn about different kinds of Pempek! All the fillings sound so yummy!

  5. What an interesting selection! Pempek no.7 sounds great to me... ;D

  6. Another fantastic post, Selba. I knew nothing of Pempek before reading about it here.

  7. Selby,
    You're killing me again... I love all of these goodies... except that I have not tasted Tanu nor Model Gandum. They all look delish!!

    Tuty @ Scentofspice

  8. All the different varieties of pempek look great! Especially with the variety of dipping sauces!

  9. What a cozy looking place and some very interesting looking food....

  10. My favourite food. Your pictures make me hungry.

  11. Another wonderful review, Selby. Thank you so much for taking the time to explain each variety of Pempek in depth with numbers too!!! They all look so inviting.

    Your review posts always amaze me with the abundance of detail you provide and delicious looking images. I want to 'pop" right through to Indonesia for many many bites!!! Thank you so much for teaching me something new...

  12. The food looks very good. Hope I get to taste the extensive variations soon.

  13. I'm so intrigued by Bubur Sumsum, would LOVE to try it one day soon.

  14. Looked like a unique place... any takeaway for me? :P

  15. So many different forms of pempek! A bit shocked at what can be used as filling- wasn't expecting papaya to be a filling.

  16. yours otak-otak version is in white colour...
    ours otak-otak is in curry colour.....

  17. Yet another interesting post - everything looks delish.


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