Bandrek

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Bandrek in Bandung with bits of young coconut

Bandrek is a traditional hot, sweet and spicy beverage native to Sundanese of West Java, Indonesia.[1] The Sundanese people who live in the cool, highlands consume bandrek to warm themselves at night and during cold weather.

This hot beverage is made of a mixture of jahe (ginger) essence, gula merah (palm sugar) and kayu manis (cinnamon).[1] Other ingredients such as, star anise, cloves, coriander seeds, cardamom pods, lemongrass, and sometimes a small amount of black pepper maybe added..[2] Milk can be added or not, depending on one’s taste. Sweetened condensed milk or coconut milk is commonly used.

It is believed that bandrek has a healing effect on minor health problems, such as sore throat.

Variations[edit]

Sometimes pieces of young coconut flesh are added as well. The latest variant includes pieces of durian placed into the bandrek.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yuli Tri Suwarni (April 22, 2005). "Bandung a haven for snack-lovers and shoppers". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b M Yusuf Zain (February 7, 2014). "Torehan Sejarah dalam Segelas Bandrek" (in Indonesian). Kompas.com. Retrieved August 20, 2014.