April 19, 2021
We all know Bandung as the capital of West Java, the third largest metropolitan city in Indonesia, and one of those cities that has a lot of tourist attractions to visit. But, there is one thing that has been associated with Bandung since the dawn of time – food. There is no way that we can talk about this city without mentioning its food delicacies.
Dubbed as “Indonesia’s Beautiful Food City” by Alex Vallis from foodandwine.com Bandung has a wide array of food to pick. Whether you’re someone who is into Nasi Timbel or the trendy cake that cost you a fortune, chances are Bandung has it all. This will always come in handy in times where food plays an extremely major role in our day-to-day basis – like Ramadan.
After went through the 10th or 20th days of Ramadan, some of us might started to feel the pressure of coming up with new dishes to cook every Suhoor. Of course this activities also comes with its fun side, but often times it can be too pressing. In this month’s article, we bring our five meal recommendations that is come straight from Bumi Parahyangan. We hope that you’ll have fun making it as much as we do.
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Oncom is perhaps one of the things that comes to mind when we’re talking about Bandung food’s staple. Originated from West Java, Oncom is closely related to Tempe – since they’re both using fermentation technique in order to create its product. Not only popular as Indonesia’s traditional fried dish called Gorengan, Oncom is also known to be the perfect pair for Rice, Salty Fried Fish, Fried Chicken, and a dash of Sambal – hence the name Nasi Tutug Oncom was born.
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Considered it a new twist to enjoy your good old Rice. Nasi Liwet is one of those comfort food that our parents used to make on weekends, or whenever the relatives were around. Made by combining salt, bay leaf, shallot, chilli, and salty fried fish, the West Java’s version of Nasi Liwet is a simple dish to prepare during Suhoor yet its taste is rarely disappointing. For a better and merrier early morning meal, you can add Fried Chicken, Fried Fish, Lalapan, and Sambal to compliment the taste of your Nasi Liwet.
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If Rice isn’t really your cup of tea, noodles will always come to the rescue. Originated in Bandung, West Java, Mie Kocok is a beef noodle soup that is rich in flavour, yet at the same time very comforting for your palette. When you go to Mie Kocok stalls around Bandung, this dish will usually served piping hot, along with many toppings to choose. For instance beef tendon, bean sprouts, meatballs, celery, scallion, fried shallot, and of course sambal. If you’re looking for a rather light and refreshing meal for Suhoor, Mie Kocok is one of the best options there is.
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The sweet and spicy fried beef, or known as Gepuk, is the next food in our list that is definitely worth to try. Especially for those of you who are a massive fan of Indonesia’s twist in beef-based dishes. Originated in West Java, Gepuk is one of the dishes that would be perfect to accompany Nasi Tutug Oncom or even Nasi Liwet. Although the cooking process is a lot more difficult from our previous dishes, the taste of this fried beef will always be worth it.
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Who doesn’t love a refreshing salad with your Suhoor meal! This Sundanese signature this will be the perfect option for those of you who love vegetable-based dishes like Gado-Gado or Pecel as much as we do. Since the preparation of this dish is much simpler, you can even start preparing it at the last minute. All you need is chopped cucumbers, bean sprouts, cabbages, basil, legumes, and a peanut sauce to top it off.
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