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Bandrek in Bandung with bits of young coconut
Place of originIndonesia
Region or stateWest Java
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsGinger, palm sugar, cinnamon, spices, condensed milk

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 ginger water, palm sugar and cinnamon.[1] Other ingredients such as, star anise, cloves, coriander seeds, cardamom pods, lemongrass, and a small amount of black pepper are sometimes added.[2] Milk can also be added to the mix, depending on one's taste. Sweetened condensed milk or coconut milk is commonly used for this purpose.

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


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

See also


  1. ^ a b Yuli Tri Suwarni (April 22, 2005). "Bandung a haven for snack-lovers and shoppers". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  2. ^ a b M Yusuf Zain (February 7, 2014). "Torehan Sejarah dalam Segelas Bandrek" (in Indonesian). Retrieved August 20, 2014.