Bandung is a place to eat, so leave the weight-watching and the niggling guilt at home. When confronted with a galaxy of gastronomic options like Bandung has, the stars dictate that you should eat with wanton abandon. Here are street food as its best.
1. Martabak Nikmat Andir
Located at Jl. Jendral Sudirman No. 413. This martabak is known for its interesting choice of flavours and toppings, such as red bean with cheese, Japanese peanut with cheese, peas with cheese, plum with cheese, cherry with cheese, even jackfruit with cheese. Its must-try flavour is martabak pandan jagung keju (corn and cheese). Open daily from 4 to 11pm.
2. Bakso Boedjangan
Bakso, or meatball, is one of the most popular street foods in Indonesia, and Bakso Boedjangan is not to be missed. Interesting dishes at Bakso Boedjangan include Bakso Super Urat, Bakso Super Keju, Bakso Super Pedas and Bakso Goreng, all combined with herb noodles. Since the grand opening of Bakso Boedjangan earlier this year, it has fast become popular, with up to 300 customers a day. It is located at Jl Dipati Ukur No. 1 (behind BCA Dago). Opens daily from 9am to 11pm.
3. Soto Bandung Pak Simon
Soto Bandung is beef tripe soup and it has become one of the signature dishes of the city. It’s easy to find Soto Bandung around the city but not to be missed is Soto Bandung Pak Simon located at Jl. Cibadak No. 103. This Bandung tradition is known for serving up some of the tastiest, most tender soto Bandung in the city. Soto Bandung Pak Simon is open from 6 to 11pm.
4. Batagor Kingsley
One of the most popular dishes in Bandung, Batagor stands for Bakso Tahu Goreng (fried meatballs and tofu), and few do it better than Batagor Kingsley. Open daily from 8am to 8pm and is located at Jl. Veteran No. 10.
5. Kue Cubit Asiong
I have been eating kue cubit since I was a kid. It is a traditional snack that usually comes in two flavours, plain and chocolate. But Kue Cubit Asiong is trying something new. From a simple cart in front of Aloysius School, Kue Cubit Asiong sells kue cubit in green tea flavour as its signature offering. Kue Cubit Asiong is located at Jl Sultan Agung (next to RM Legoh). Prices range from Rp 7,000 to Rp 10,000. It is open Monday to Saturday during school hours.
Text by Priscilla Picauly | Photos by Shirley G & Bakso Boedjangan