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Robert Danhi

I saw these folks on the roadside and did not have time to stop..very sad I did not, thanks for bringing this to life - will stop next trip to Indo!


How interesting! I love all the photos step by step photos!


I could do with one of those now! I wonder if he ever loses an omelet to the charcoal...

Wandering Foodie

That looks gorgeous! The first person to flip the pan like that must have been a genius. Wonder how long they've been doing that . . .

My favorite egg dish from asia, gotta be the egg roll ;-P


I've never seen this before. What an interesting preparation method !


Ooh, that looks heavenly - and I adore his shoulder stall set-up - the wicker weave is beautiful.

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i'd love to try this at home! would be scared to turn it over though... and i'll be sure not to try it with a teflon pan.


That is super clever... How did it taste? Imagine it would be quite good.


there's no sauce to go with it?
no wonder Kerak. the crust must be very crispy.

Pepy @ Indonesia Eats

I'm being honest here. Never brave enough to try kerak telur as I hate egg's smell especially duck's egg.


That's magic! How did he do it, turning over without a mess???


Robert - wonder where in Jakarta you were ... a Betawi food festival? Friends in Jakarta say kerak telur is rather difficult to find, these days.

Su-Lin - I'm betting not. ;-)

Wandering Foodie - a hundred years at least? Just a guess.

meemalee - yes, I don't often see food vendors use shoulder poles these days, outside of Vietnam.

Alvin - teflon would definately *not* be the way to go here, I'm thinking.

Austin - it was excellent. Lighter than you'd expect, with the rice, a bit sweet from the coconut and browned shallots but overall savory. Great puffy but chewy texture.

J2Kfm - no sauce. Yes, bottom is quite crispy.

Pepy - no eggs for you then, ever?

Sputnik - special kerak telur vendor powers, no doubt.


amazing, looks delicious too. i must admit, these types of streetfood are what we don't have here in manila. the only dish we i can think of that's cooked with charcoal beneath and above it is our bibingka, a native cake made from soybean flour.


Oh gawd that looks good. Little chance of me finding such simple goodness in freaking San Diego.


I love your photos. Makes me want to go back to Malaysia!

I have a small technical issue. Some of the image thumbnails don't load properly; they start loading, and then they're replaced by the alt text halfway through. If I refresh the page, some more of the photos come through. It's a shame because the photography I do see is so vivid. Does anyone else have this issue?


Bravo!!! That is so cool!!!


Kerak telur looks delicious. Never been to Indonesia but this street food looks yummy. A very skilled vendor.


this reminds me of kolkata india, where the street vendor fried omelette just the same way with tiny fried pan.


Barbara - yes, I noticed the absence of these sorts of street foods in Manila, relative to other cities in the region.

Jaba - yes I doubt this is on offer anywhere in the States.

Hi Jeff - I didn't have this issue in the States and I don't have it here in Malaysia (where our connection often leaves much to be desired) when I bring up the site. Wondering where you're writing from...

Bong - isn't it?

ycl - interesting! Is it an egg omelet, and does the vendor turn it upside down to brown the top?

Arie Parikesit

Hi Robyn, love your blog so much, The vendor usually use stick rice not ordinary rice for making "crack" telor nad other than crispy shallot and dry-toasted coconut they add crushed tiny dried shrimp call ebi. Now I'm craving for a plate of Kerak Telor for bfast

Arie - Jakarta Foodie


Yups Kerak telur (we called it Kerak Telor with O not U because betawi say telur as telor) hard to find this day in Jakarta.

But you can try Kemayoran around PRJ area (Jakarta Fair area) everday there some Kerak Telor seller just like your picture (not food court, but really on the street tough the area is not comfortable like Kotatua)

Mareno Tene

This is the first time visiting your blog, I guarantee you this wont be the last. I am from Indonesia and I am enjoying this blog!! Hope you post more articles from Indonesia because from what I have read so far, you have only scratched the surface of our culinary culture. Keep up the good work!!

Ps: If you ever need a guide for an article of Bandung, Indonesia..Im your man :)

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