Bandung bites

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Went down to Bandung for the weekend, because Jakarta was driving me nuts.  I didn’t do much… just wandered around, enjoying the usable footpaths, quieter pace and cooler mountain temperatures.  Most people go for the outlet shopping, but I wasn’t really in the mood for braving the hordes.

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But I ate some of the good local food.

I went to a Sundanese restaurant called Resep Dapurku on Jalan Lembong and got a tasty mix of dishes, all served with steamed nasi merah (red rice), which is my favorite kind of rice!!  Singkong, delicious types of tempe, corn fritter and grilled chicken… and really beautiful freshly made sambals to spice it up, including sambal tempe, which was just OMG.  I’ve never had it before, and I am a huge tempe fan, and it was so delicious — not too hot, with fresh chili, garlic smashed up with tempe.  It’s on the right side of the sambal bowl below. mmmmmm.

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I still don’t have much of an appetite after being sick, but this got me eating… the only meal I ate during the day haha. But I couldn’t finish it all. I even had to leave behind some of the delicious sauteed tempe and beans and red rice :(.

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Also ate a few snacks off the street on Sunday, cos didn’t feel like a full meal.  These are called Serabi, and they are little pancakes made with pandan flour.  They are subtly sweet, and I buy them sometimes in Jakarta around the place too.  They are really delicious.  But interestingly, they have another name in the Betawi language (Betawi people are the people native to Jakarta)… they are called kue ape, which one of my coworkers told me translates to “boob cakes”… they do kinda look like boobs!!

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These, bought from a kaki lima (foot cart) near the alun alun (community square) in Bandung were really tasty.  Because I’ve been sick lately I’m being more careful about what I eat, so I asked the guy to cook me two fresh ones rather than the prepared ones, so they were hot and doughy in the centre and super crispy on the outside and just yummmm.

I also saw a new kind of cake type thing being cooked in Bandung that I hadn’t tried before.  I asked the guy if they were sweet, and he said “no, salty” (salty is generally used to describe savoury food).  But they were sweet!  Maybe just not by Indonesia’s super sweet standards.  A subtle sweet, just like the serabi.

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Only trouble is that for the life of me I can’t remember what they were called.  Damn.  If anyone knows, please post!  Anyway, they were prepared by running a liquidy dough over a rather unusual grill, then doubled over.  That’s what gives them the odd shape.  They are a bit hollow inside, crispy on the outside, but doughy in the middle.  I think the dough mix contains shredded coconut.  They were tasty, especially once again prepared piping hot.  I walked along the street in Bandung eating this out of a paper bag that had been made from scrap paper that contained someone’s bank account details.  Note to self- always tear up important documents, or someone might salvage them and turn them into a food package with just a couple of staples.

7 Responses to " Bandung bites "

  1. Ashlee says:

    Update… I’m told the cake (kue) in the last photo is called bandros!! I knew it started with the letter b….

  2. Eric says:

    People in Bandung call it “bandros” but in Jakarta it also goes with the name “kue pancong”.

    and i think you should try the “serabi” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serabi 🙂

  3. Ashlee says:

    Ohh ya I was looking around for that and didn’t see any. Next time 🙂

  4. Naz says:

    Hi Ashlee, in Singapore its called ‘Gandos’ and its eaten with red sugar.. and for Serabi, we call it Apom.. also eaten with red sugar. 🙂 There you go, same food, diferent name, different country..

  5. Abby says:

    Kue ape (we call it kue ape too in Bandung, or kue pepe sometimes) is not serabi. Serabi doesn’t have that crisp side (except for serabi Solo). Serabi made from rice starch mixed with coconut milk. The original toppings of serabi are oncom (pretty similar to tempe with spices added. tastes salty and spicy) or melted brown sugar, sometimes with additional slices of jackfruit in it.
    The best serabi place in Bandung, I think, is in Cihapit (pretty close to jalan Riau), next to Toko Djitu. They actually provide other ‘modern’ toppings too (sausages, cheese, chicken, eggs) like other serabi places do, but serabi oncom is the very best.

    God I miss Bandung so much
    *sigh*

  6. Ashlee says:

    Yeah I’ve noticed some different uses of the word serabi… in Jakarta and Bandung, I’ve heard kue ape called serabi… but I have tried the type of serabi you describe in jak and it’s delicious. Will have to have some next time I’m in Bandung. mmm. Thanks for the tips!

  7. Katilynn says:

    Try Sambara next time when you are in Bandung? Much better food and service at least to me! 🙂