Sunday, 2 June 2013

Rumah Makan HAR (Martabak HAR) @ Palembang, Indonesia

Located in Jl. Jenderal Sudirman in Palmebang is this interesting restaurant called Rumah Makan Haji Abdul Razak that sells Martabak that is unique to Palembang. Having migrated from South India to Palembang, Haji Abdul Razak started this restaurant on the 7th of July 1947. Today this dish is commonly known as Martabak HAR. HAR being an abbreviation of the founders name. They just sell a number of dishes here but the most famous one is the Martabak. Being an Indian in origin, all the food here is typically Indian style but has an Indonesian touch to it. The Martabak here is slightly similar to the Roti Telur in Malaysia but varies greatly from the Murtabak of Malaysia, though both are of Indian origin. Today this restaurant is run by his son and grandson. 

Workers Preparing The Martabak
As you can see from the above photo, there is a lot of oil involved and it fried to make it crispy which is greatly different to the Malaysian one. It comes with a choice of chicken and duck eggs.

Checking Out The Curry

Other Dishes Here
There are also a number of other dishes that is available here. I heard that the Fried Rice is quite good too. The man in the above photo is the founder himself.

Us Trying The Dish

Our Meal Today
Well, to speak of the dish, it was nice and definitely very different to our way of having it in Malaysia. As it was somewhat  fried, the Martabak was also very crispy. The filling is also very thick and it is just Duck Eggs. Must be more than 2 eggs inside one Martabak. This is also served with Dhall Curry that is in itself very spicy and spiciness is very common in Indonesia. As you can see from the above photo, there is also a small dish with bird's eye chili and that is used to add the spiciness according to taste. The set is priced at around USD 1 each. Besides this we also had a plate of Sate that was quite nice too. If you happen to be in Palembang, trying this dish at least once is a must. Ask any local, and they would guide you to this restaurant.

Address: Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia.

Telephone: +62 0711 351914


  1. nice to know the new dish venothan

  2. Duck egg...that's interesting.

    1. Hie Sycookies....indeed. Something different to what we find here and you have an interesting food blog too :)