JC Bake Shop, an Indonesian bakery, opened earlier this month at 1730 Snyder Ave., serving a variety of traditional Indonesian pastries as well as popular Western baked goods.
Owner Francisca Tan, an Indonesian immigrant, created a menu that includes popular Indonesian pastries such as lapis surabaya (a three-layer cake with strawberry jam in the middle) and cum-cum fla (a pastry filled with minced chicken).
Tan also makes lemper ayam and putu mayang. Lemper ayam is an Indonesian dish consisting of meat rolled in sticky rice. Putu mayang is a sweet glutinous rice pastry serve with coconut milk for dipping.
Tan owned a small bakery in her home country but moved to the United States in 1996 and took culinary arts classes from 1999 to 2000. She moved to Philadelphia because her husband’s family lives here.
She was encouraged by culinary arts mentor to enter the Impact Award Business Competition. Though she was reluctant at first, she changed her mind. “I thought, ‘Why not, if this could work out,’ ” she said. She won first place, meaning $2,500 in seed money to help make an idea a reality.
Customers may order coffee, tea or bubble tea to wash their desserts down. On top of that, patrons receive a free 12 oz. cup of coffee with any purchase.
So, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to try an Indonesian pastry or more in the mood for an Oreo cupcake, JC Bake Shop has it. Check JC Bake Shop’s website for more information and the full menu.
– Ruthann Alexander, @RuthannAlexande