First opening its doors in 1921 in Bogor, the bakery was founded by the late Tan Ek Tjoan, a Chinese Indonesian entrepreneur. In 1953, his son Tan Kim Ham opened the second bakery on Jl. Cikini Raya No. 61. Both outlets have survived to this day.
The bakery produces around 10,000 every day, most of them are sold by vendors with bread wagons and the rest are sold on the shop.
One of the special breads in Tan Ek Tjoan is roti gambang, a sweet brownish bread sprinkled with sesame seeds, priced at Rp 5,000. Definitely a must try.
The breads are priced between Rp 5,000 and Rp 5,500, the traditional snacks, such as lemper and lontong are around Rp 3,000, while the cakes are around Rp 100,000 each. If you are on a budget, the shelves near the cashier offer discounted items. The girl behind the counter said that the products were on discount because they were in a bad shape, but they were produced that day. So I bought one chocolate bread for Rp 2,000, and it was as delicious as the good-shaped ones.