Bandung, sirap bandung, or air bandung is the name of a drink popular in Malaysia and Singapore. It consists of condensed milk flavoured with rose cordial syrup, giving a pink colour. The drink is an adaptation of rose milk served in India.
In the Malay language, the term bandung means "pairs", while sirap means syrup and air means "water". More broadly, bandung refers to anything that is mixed from other ingredients or comes in pairs, such as the term rumah berbandung to refer to a semi-detached house.
Bandung is a favourite beverage in Malaysia, especially among Malay communities. It is usually served during Iftar in Ramadan month or wedding receptions with other foods such as nasi beriani or rendang. Modern innovations include adding grass jelly or soda water.
It may be bought pre-mixed or made at home.
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