The best thing about Bandung’s famed culinary scene is that it blends in nonchalantly with daily life, with delicious food everywhere from fancy restaurants to street food stalls in the most unassuming locations. From breakfast to late-night grub, traditional meals to innovative creation, discover the best street food stalls in Bandung, Indonesia.
Dozens of chicken and goat skewers line up on one long grill, giving off an aromatic smoke that teases their delicious savoury satay flavour. That’s what you’ll get when stopping by Sate Anggrek, which specialises in a delectable peanut sauce that goes with their skewers. Serving the satay you know and love, but bigger and better than most.
This legendary chicken porridge has been around since 1947 and stays one of the most sought-after dinner options in Bandung. The aromatic porridge comes with savoury toppings of your choice: shredded chicken, chicken liver, Chinese cruller (cakwe), and add-ons such as egg, chicken claws (ceker), and different satays. Open from 6pm until after midnight, but those who come later may miss the more popular chicken toppings.
Trust us, the modest food cart doesn’t do justice to the food’s taste at Batagor Hanjuang, which is often described as having a restaurant-grade flavour. Batagor is a must-try meal when visiting Bandung, which is comprised of fried dumplings with peanut sauce. This food cart serves rather crunchy dumplings made from a certain mackerel (tenggiri) and delicious, spicy peanut sauce.
This humble and compact street food stall is always crowded with hungry and curious customers, so don’t fret if you have to wait a while. The hype is justified by the delicious taste of kupat tahu – a traditional dish with rice dumplings, fried tofu, and bean sprouts, soused in spicy peanut sauce. Kupat Tahu Gempol is popular for its luscious sauce and red shrimp paste crackers.
Nasi goreng is a world-famous delicacy, loved for its savoury taste and versatility. This street food stall takes it to another level by pairing the ubiquitous dish with chicken steak, complete with homemade barbecue sauce. But don’t expect a fancy steakhouse, as the humble, unpretentious street food setting gives you an authentic Indonesian dining experience.
Cuanki is a dish native to Bandung itself. It brings together an assortment of meatballs, tofu, and various dumplings (including the famed Bandung batagor) in one bowl, drenched in piquant and a flavoursome clear broth. This food stall serves a large bowl of cuanki in one generous serving, with juicy meatballs and crunchy fried dumplings. The spot is typically crowded during the afternoon, so you better get there before dusk as they run out of meatballs faster than they run out of customers.
Starting off as a humble food tent near Borromeus Hospital in Bandung, Bebek Ali Borme has moved into a fancy new building. However, the easy and nonchalant ambiance stays the same, as does the tastiness of the food. Although specialising in duck dishes, the recipes for the condiments and side dishes are also top-notch, creating a well-rounded, delicious meal not to miss.
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It’s not a street seafood feast unless the food is priced by the kilo. Seafood Kiloan Bang Bopak serves freshly caught prawn, lobster, and different kind of clams, cooked with palatable spices, sauce, and vegetables, then presented in a mouthwatering, colourful display. The big portions and combos are best enjoyed with friends and loved ones, while embracing the casual street-side dining experience.
This porridge stall is known for its hugely generous portions, with bowls filled until they’re about to overflow. Unlike some street food stalls, Bubur Ayam Gibbas is very considerate about quality; they use selected high-quality rice to make the porridge and pick the best kampong chicken to go with it.
Roti bakar (or grilled bread) is a popular treat throughout Bandung. For an authentic grilling technique and taste, you have to try this food stall in Gang Kote. Instead of conveniently toasting the bread like everyone else, you can expect your bread grilled on an open fire, giving it a crisp crust, mouthwatering aroma, and beautiful taste. Customers can also pick from the wide selection of fillings, from cheese and peanut to blueberry and batoko plum.