|Place of origin||Southeast Asia, Indian subcontinent|
|Region or state||Southeast Asia, Indian subcontinent|
|Associated national cuisine||Singapore, Malaysia, India, Brunei|
|Main ingredients||Evaporated milk, condensed milk, rose cordial syrup|
Bandung, sirap bandung, or air bandung is a drink popular in Southeast Asia and Indian subcontinent, notably in India, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. It consists of evaporated milk or condensed milk flavoured with rose cordial syrup, giving it 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" - referring to the rose-flavoured base - 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, or "mee bandung" which refers to a noodle dish.
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 and are served as street food.
It may be bought pre-mixed or made at home.
Due to the popularity of Bandung, many variations of the drink have emerged. Popular versions of the drink include the addition of grass jelly, sparkling water, carbonated sodas such as ice cream soda, and even milo powder.
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