Your Bandung shopping list will not be complete without shopping for snacks. Bandung is very famous for delicious and unique snacks. Some favorite snacks that are highly recommended in this Bandung Shopping Guide are:
Pisang Bollen. It is some kind of pastry filled in with ripe banana and a piece of cheese. It was Kartika Sari cake shop that first popularized this snack, then followed by Mayasari cake shop and Prima Rasa bakery and pastry shop. Other favorite snacks from Kartika Sari are Cheese Roll and Cheese Stick. There are three Kartika Sari shops that are located in the heart of Bandung tourism:
Brownies. There are two types of brownies in Bandung: baked and steamed. Prima Rasa bakery and pastry shop who started selling the baked brownies, followed by Kartika Sari and Mayasari cake shops. In my opinion, Prima Rasa’s brownies are still the best in town. You can find Prima Rasa bakery and pastry shop at:
The pioneer of steamed brownies is Amanda. It sells them in cars parked in busy streets of Bandung, such as Kebon Kawung street, near Bandung railway station (the new entrance), and Dago (Ir. H. Juanda) street.
If you asked me, I still prefer the baked brownies. In my opinion the chocolate flavor is tastier when the brownies is baked.
Bandung Shopping Guide continues the snack hunting to the most original snack from Sunda: comro. This is a Sundanese acronym for ‘Oncom di Jero’, meaning it is filled with oncom. Oncom is a unique food you can only find in Sunda. It is made of peanuts fermented with fungi. So, this snack is made of fried cassava with spicy oncom in the middle. You can find this snack in food carts selling fried traditional snacks on pedestrian walks. Usually they also sell fried tofu filled with bean sprout and slices of carrot, fried banana covered with crispy dough, etc. My favorite is the one across 'Mie Kocok Subur' on Suryani Dalam street.
Mie Kocok Bandung is a famous noodle dish in Sunda. It is a steamed noodle eaten with kikil, bean sprouts, fried shallots, beef meatballs and sweet soy sauce. The specialties of this meal is that the broth is made up from beef's leg. Kikil is a thick cow hide at the foot area. The taste is rubbery, but many people like it.
As I mentioned earlier, one vendor of Mie Kocok Bandung is at Suryani Dalam street. In less than 1 kilometer, there is another favorite vendor of this meal, at Jendral Sudirman street, near the post office. You also can find another vendor in the cart at Kartika Sari snack shop yard.
Other traditional snacks are fried tempe and fried oncom. They are made by dipping thin cuts of tempe or oncom into dough and then fried them. The famous sellers of this snack are Kabita and Raos, both have stores on Cihampelas street. You also can find them in front of Leuwi Panjang bus station or Pasar Baru. But my favorite seller is in Lembang, at the front kiosk of Lembang fruit market. You will not miss it, since it is the only one and right in the heart of the town.
The next famous snack in Bandung you should include in your Bandung shopping list is Batagor, an acronym of Baso Tahu Goreng (fried tofu filled with fish meat). Usually we eat it with peanuts sauce. You can add soy sauce, small sour orange or spicy chili sauce according to your taste.
The most famous batagor seller is Kingsley at Veteran street. You either can dine in there or take it home. Many people buy a lot for their friends and relatives back home, so sometimes the queue is long, especially on weekends. My tip is to avoid meal times, if possible come here beforehand. Alternatively, many people also like Riri Batagor, which you can find at Buah Batu street as well as in Paskal Hyper Square.
Bandung shopping guide on snacks is still rolling to the next favorite snack in Bandung: Soes Merdeka. This is a store selling cream puff on Lombok street. The puff pastry is filled in with cream mixed with a bit of rum. Some people don’t like the taste and smell of rum, if you are one of them, you still can buy small puff pastry without fill in, which taste like cookies.
Can you guess what is a Sundanese snack that look like a burger? It is called Bagelen!. You should try Bagelen Abadi at Purnawarman street. Bagelen is a bun with a spread of rum butter in the middle. The Dutch calls it warmbollen. There are two varieties of this snack: the bread type and the baked until very crunchy. Both are very delicious :)
This Bandung shopping list continues to my favorite food of all time: Tofu. Based on my experience, the taste of tofu varies depending on the water used for production. It doesn’t mean the tofu producers use special water or mineral water, but minerals contained in the water affect the taste of the tofu. Thus, I don’t like tofu in Jakarta and its suburbs, because it is a bit sour. Unlike other snacks above, you can only buy half cooked tofu, then you can fry it or cook it at home. I always like eating the warm half cooked tofu, very delicious!
There are two main producers of tofu in Bandung: Yun Yi and Yun Sen. The founders are siblings. Hence, their factories are side by side in Jendral Sudirman street. Nevertheless, I personally prefer the taste of tofu produced by Yun Sen.
Cibuntu is an area in Bandung that are famous of tofu producers. Cibuntu tofu is delicious too, unfortunately, you can only buy them in the morning at traditional markets.
If you are in Lembang, you also can buy tofu at M. Tauhid. The store and factory is on Cijeruk street. You just need to go straight forward after passing Lembang traditional market.
This Bandung Shopping Guide hasn't covered all of the unique snacks in Bandung, since there are so many of them and there are so many creative people in Bandung who keep innovating the traditional and current snacks. Thus, we will never get bored hunting snacks in Bandung!