One of the Indonesian people’s favourite snacks is crepes and Leker. These two delicious snacks are often difficult to distinguish because they have so much in common. Leker and crepes are popular snacks that go well with any toppings, sweet or salty. In addition, both are still delicious to be enjoyed warm or cold.
At first glance, it looks similar, but it turns out that these crepes and Leker have some significant differences. Want to know more? Check out the explanation above:
The first difference between creps and Leker is in history and country of origin. As the name is westernized, crepes have come from Europe since the 13th century. To be specific, from Brittany, a region in western France. From there, the consumption of crepes spread throughout the world. The term crepes itself comes from the Latin crispa, which means crisp. Next, the term crepes often refer to dry and thin pancakes. On the other hand, Leker itself is a typical Indonesian culinary.
Some sources mention Leker as a typical snack from Solo and Surabaya. According to the official Surakarta government page, many Dutch people lived in Solo long ago and liked this one snack. Leker originally comes from the Dutch language, namely Lekker, which means delicious. Every Dutchman finished eating the snack. It often ended by saying the word ‘Lekker.’
Leker is generally only in the form of one fold. In contrast, crepes in Indonesia are usually in the form of more than one fold. This difference in shape is probably related to the container used. Leker dough will usually be poured in a round convex pan similar to Teflon.
This makes the edge layer of the Leker thinner than the middle. Meanwhile, the crepes are cooked in a flat, even skillet, so that the topping can be spread all over the place.
3. How to make
Leker is generally made above a charcoal fire. In contrast, the crepes that we usually encounter generally use electricity as a source of fire to process the dough. This results in a very even level of ripeness and a crunchy texture across the layers of the skin.
Leker is generally available in more limited toppings. Toppings on Leker usually consist of bananas and brown sugar. Along with the times, Leker is now available in many variants such as banana chocolate, banana chocolate cheese, milk cheese, blueberry, or other fruit flavours. On the other hand, crepes are more varied, ranging from savoury toppings such as sausages to toppings such as ice cream.