Food hunting in Bandung is a favorite pastime activity for those who live in Bandung as well as the tourists. Whenever you visit Bandung, you will likely find a new, creative, and innovative food trending.
However, if you ask me the authentic food from Bandung, I would say the Sundanese dishes of Nasi Timbel.
But then again, the city has grown tremendously. You can find all kinds of dishes here. Western, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Malay, to name a few. Some are globally known establishments, such as KFC, mc Donald, Burger King, Carl's Jr., Pizza Hut, Dominos Pizza, and Starbucks. Others are branches of national restaurants, such as Duck King, Eaton, and Ta-Wan. But when you do food hunting, I am pretty sure you want to skip them all and start to find delicious local food that you can only find in Bandung :)
So, let's start our Food Hunting!
As I mentioned above, the authentic main course in Bandung is Nasi Timbel. It is rice wrapped with banana leaves. Often it is sold as a package, with options of chicken or fish (fried or grilled) or gepuk (sliced beef, seasoned then fried), accompanied with fried tofu and tempe, a small bowl of sour vegetable soup, lalapan (several types of fresh vegetables), and a bowl of chili shrimp paste, all packed in one plate.
Sindang Reret is a well-known restaurant serving delicious Sundanese cuisines. You can find Sindang Reret restaurants at Surapati Street Bandung, Cikole Lembang, and Ciwidey.
Their specialties are gepuk (sliced seasoned fried beef) as well as the fried gourami fish. You also should try the dessert: Colenak. It is made of fried fermented cassava with sugar on top. It is very delicious :)
Perhaps this is the authentic restaurant from Bandung. It started in a narrow alley on Jalan Pajajaran, today we could find in some other places, such as Riau and Setiabudhi Street. However, some people say the original one does not open any branch.
Anyway, Ma Uneh serves various Sundanese dishes of chicken, fish, beef, and vegetables. Many also cooked as pepes (the seasoned ingredients are wrapped with banana leaves and then steamed until well cooked).
Jalan Braga is the oldest shopping arcade in this city. It is Bandung's old town. Nowadays, many shops were transformed into a bistro or coffee shop. So, there are many places to start food hunting in Braga street. Our recommendation is to try the classic menu of European and Indonesian dishes in the old-timer restaurants here, namely Braga Permai and Sumber Hidangan.
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Kelenteng street Bandung is known as the new Chinatown since there are several temples in this street. But in terms of food hunting, there are plenty of small restaurants and food carts offering various dishes. The newest one is the foodcourt named Chinatown.
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Punclut has always been a favorite place to view the whole city of Bandung. Hence, one by one small restaurant was established here, they all have a clear view of Bandung.
The new addition for food hunting and a creative place to hang out in Punclut is called Kawasan Wisata Punclut. While other restaurants only offer food and the view of the city, Kawasan Wisata Punclut consists of 6 restaurants, each offers different menus, unique layouts for selfies, some even have children playground.
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Paskal Hypersquare is a huge complex near Bandung train station. It is full of shophouses, many of them opened as small restaurants. The latest addition to this complex was the 23Paskal shopping mall in the center. There are plenty of restaurants and a food court inside this mall. Plus, there is a spacious open-air food court in front of the mall. So, you can imagine hundreds of dishes are offered here. They vary from traditional food to globally franchised restaurants to fine dining. Just pick your favorites :)
Today, the most convenient place for us to do food hunting is inside the shopping malls. Since many people spend a lot of time in the malls, there are plenty of restaurants scattered in the malls. They vary from the global franchise such as KFC, McDonald, Marugame Udon, and Carl's Jr. to the fine dining such as May-Star and Duck King. Every mall also has at least one food court. So, the best bet where your whole family can get your favorite meals is in the malls.
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Queen is the famous Chinese food restaurant in Bandung since forever. If you are looking for Chinese food that is rarely offered in other restaurants, then you should try to dine-in here. But the restaurant is rather old and the lightings are dimmed with lots of pillars covered with mirrors. The restaurant occupies a three stories building, which is often fully booked, especially on Imlek (Chinese New Year) eve.
Queen is located on Dalem Kaum street, near the city square (alun-alun in Bahasa Indonesia).
The most popular snacks that become the must-buy whenever you visit Bandung are brownies and pisang bolen. But this city has more snacks than these two. Hence, we, at ExploreSunda.com, created a list of the most wanted snacks, both traditional and the newcomers.
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Another specialty product in this city is Aroma Coffee House in Banceuy street, which produces and sells high quality organic coffee.
Food are covered, next is what things to do in Bandung, or a bit farther in Lembang and Ciwidey?