Apam Pulau Pinang ( Malay, in Penang ) or Apam balik (English: ‘turnover pancake’) or terang bulan (English: ‘bright moon’) or martabak manis (English: ‘sweet martabak’) is a type of griddle pancake common in Southeast Asia.
It is usually sold at specialist roadside stalls in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
The dessert is known by various names in different languages, depending on the region.
The pancake’s batter is made from a mixture of flour, eggs, sugar, baking soda, coconut milk and water. The batter is cooked upon a thick round iron frying pan in plenty of palm margarine to avoid it sticking to the pan. Then other ingredients are sprinkled as filling; the most common or traditional is crushed peanut granules with sugar and sweetcorn kernels (available from cans), but modern innovations such as chocolate sprinkles and cheddar cheese are also available. Then, the pancake is folded (hence the name: “turnover pancake”) and cut into several pieces.
Geylang Serai Market is one of the biggest and busiest wet markets in Singapore. Since 1964, this market has been a focal point for the local Malay community, with a good selection of Malay and Indian-Muslim specialties on offer. Reopened in 2010, the new Geylang Serai Market has become brighter and cleaner but the atmosphere of the old traditional market is still maintained. After renovation, this market is dressed in a cultural suit – a traditional Malay kampong house. Either on weekday or weekend, it is always vibrant. Especially, middle-aged shoppers come here to do their daily shopping, plus flocks of young people come for good foods at weekends.
The second floor of Geylang Serai Market is home to hundreds of food stalls with main focus on Malay and Indian cuisine. This is the best food court to enjoy Malay dishes such as asam pedas stingray (spicy stingray), beef rendang (spicy beef), ikan terubok (fried fish) and goreng pisang (banana fritters).
Nearest MRT station: Eunos MRT (EW7) (Walking 8 mins from Exit B)