Bandung is the capital of West Java province, Indonesia. This city is also famous with the name of Parijs van Java during the Dutch colonial era because of its magnificence nature and building architecture. If you are going to visit Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, you should come to Bandung also to explore the culinary. You can go by train or by bus from Jakarta to Bandung. Visit this site for ticket information: Tiket.com, Traveloka.com, or PT. Kereta Api Indonesia.
We had an enjoyable Christmas holiday at Bandung last year. We stayed at Jardin Apartment for a week and the apartment just near Cihampelas Walk shopping mall (one of the biggest malls in Bandung) where you can reach by walk. Well, we will not talk about the mall and many clothing shops alongside the mall at cheap prices. There’s one thing you should have never missed when you are in Bandung: FOOD.
Despite the bad traffic everywhere in the city because of the holiday season, we must say, Bandung has the best culinary taste compared to other cities in Indonesia. And not only one. But all of it. It will never let you down.
Here is the list of the culinary you should try:
Kindly mind if you have any allergies to nuts, milk, or gluten.
Siomay, and Batagor
Siomay is a dumpling with fish meat filling, served with peanut sauce. Meanwhile, Batagor is BAso TAhu GOReng or fried tofu (tahu) and flour meatball (baso) in English, served with peanut sauce also. The tofu will be filled with fish or chicken meat inside.
Where you can find it: Siomay and Batagor originally come from Bandung. So you can find it everywhere here. The best Siomay and Batagor in Bandung that we know are Batagor Kingsley and Batagor Riri.
Kupat means rice cake (literally only rice) wrapped in banana leaf and Tahu means tofu. Kupat tahu mostly served with peanut sauce and beansprout.
Where you can find it: Mostly found in street food vendors.
Bubur means rice porridge and Ayam means chicken. Usually, it is served with shredded chicken, boiled chicken egg, fried peanut or soybeans, fried shallot, and soy sauce as the condiment. Some have quail eggs and chicken intestine for additional side dishes. Bubur ayam is a common breakfast menu in Indonesia, but we personally like it better at Bandung. We don’t know why. Lol. The taste is kind of different here.
Where you can find it: Also in street food vendors. But most of it served in the morning so maybe you will find it hard after 9 or 10 A.M. We had bubur ayam as a breakfast near our apartment.
Wedang ronde is a traditional Indonesia dishes. It consists of balls of rice flour and ginger water (the ginger is boiled in the water). Enjoy wedang ronde while it is hot.
Where you can find it: Street food vendors or traditional restaurant menu.
I have to mention the place specifically because this dish is one of a kind. Perkedel is like mashed potato with meat (mostly minced beef) but fried with flour. Perkedel Bondon is quite famous around foodie enthusiast. BUT, you have to know the condition before you buy.
The place is located at Bandung’s Station Hall, Kebon Jati. It is opened 24 hours but the Perkedel only available at 11 P.M. During the day, the place served local cuisine like fried chicken and vegetables. Come to the place before 11 P.M. (around 10 o’clock) because you will have to take the queue number to order. Yes, a queue number. The earlier you come, the faster you’ll get your order. But, don’t worry, if you can’t make it to the restaurant, you can just order it online via Gojek or Grab (the most popular online food delivery app in Indonesia).
Lotek, and Pecel
Lotek and pecel are a different type of dish but basically has the same ingredient: Steamed vegetables with Indonesia traditional peanut sauce. Sometimes served with rice or wrapped rice cake.
Where you can find it: Lotek Alkateri is the best.
Nasi Campur Babi
Nasi=rice, campur=mixed, babi=pork. Nasi campur babi means mixed pork rice. It’s typically Chinese cuisine. I personally love it. There is a different type of pork in a plate: Grilled pork, fried pork, and fried pigskin. Sometimes there is a boiled egg also.
Where you can find it: Street vendors at Cibadak Street.
Bandrek and Bajigur
It’s another ginger based drink. Bandrek is made of ginger, brown sugar, cinnamon, and clove. Meanwhile, Bajigur is like Bandrek but milk or coconut milk added. Bandung is kind of windy and a little bit cold at night, so enjoy one of this drink after your night walk.
Where you can find it: Street food vendors or restaurant menu. Bandrek Abah at Ciwidey has the best taste.
Awug is a traditional sweet of Bandung, made of rice flour, brown sugar, and coconut. It shaped in a cone which will be cut piece by piece when you buy it. I have a sweet tooth which I couldn’t resist awug for myself.
Where you can find it: Traditional market. We found a nice taste Awug at Tegalega morning market.
Bola=ball, Ubi=sweet potato. Bola Ubi, as its name, is a sweet potato ball. But in Bandung, they fry it until the ball has a hollow inside, then they serve it as a snack.
Where you can find it: Street food vendors.
Mie=noodles, Ayam=chicken. Mie ayam is a thin white flour noodle served with minced chicken and clear soup. Sometimes, it is served with fried or steamed wonton filled with minced chicken too. It is also famous from Bandung.
Where you can find it: There are many mie ayam restaurant in Bandung. We prefer Mie Ayam 123 at Jl. Emong No.4, Burangrang, Lengkong.
Es Duren or Durian Ice. If you don’t like durian, well… just try it once. It is not smelly as you think when it is in a form of ice cream. It’s refreshing during the day though.
Where you can find it: There is one at Batagor Kingsley.
Kue Balok is more look like a sponge cake in a small block shape. People enjoy eating it while it’s hot (some like it to be half-baked) and drink it with unsweetened hot tea.
Where you can find it: The best Kue Balok I’ve ever tried is located at Soreang. It’s quite far from Bandung though. But it’s really delicious.
Traditional Sundanese Restaurant
You must visit Sundanese restaurant once so you can taste the real Bandung food. They have various options: Vegetables, chicken, beef, rice. Try empal (made of beef) and nasi timbel (made of white rice).
Where you can find it: We suggest Sindang Reret, Cikole, Lembang for the best Sundanese restaurant.
If you are a vegan or vegetarian, there is a restaurant that has a full menu for vegan. Kehidupan Tidak Pernah Berakhir (or Never Ending Life in English) is a vegan restaurant with buffet system. The food is tasty and they guaranteed all menus are vegan based.
Martabak is like a pancake but thicker with sweet toppings like chocolate, cheese, or peanut.
Where you can find it: Many street food vendors sells martabak, but we like Martabak San Fransisco better.
Please keep in mind that most of Indonesia cuisine consists of white rice, flour, oil, and sugar. Most of the images are from Google site (with source note) due to the food was too tempting to be finished before the photo taken.