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Two glasses of bandung at a restaurant in City Plaza, Singapore
Place of originSingapore[1][2]
Region or stateMaritime Southeast Asia
Associated national cuisineBrunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore
Main ingredientsEvaporated milk, condensed milk, rose cordial syrup

Bandung, sirap bandung, air bandung, iced bandung or rose syrup drink, is a drink popular in Maritime Southeast Asia, notably in Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore. It consists of evaporated milk or condensed milk flavoured with rose syrup (rose cordial), giving it a pink colour.[1]

Regional names

The term bandung means "pairs",[3] while sirap means "syrup"[4] and air means "water".[5] in the Malay and Indonesian languages, and the sirap refers to the rose-flavoured base syrup. 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.[6] The name has no connection to the city of Bandung in Indonesia, but a variant of the drink can be found there as "soda gembira".[7][8]


Originating out of Singapore in the early 20th century during its time as an important British colonial entrepôt,[1][2] Bandung is a favourite beverage especially among the Malay communities of Southeast Asia. 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.

The soda water variant may be more commonly known as Soda gembira by Indonesians, although it has a distinct taste to Bandung due to the addition of a carbonated soft drink, such as Fanta. In Singapore, it may also be known by the English term Rose syrup drink.

It may be bought pre-mixed or made at home.[9]


Due to the popularity of Bandung, many variations of the drink have emerged. Popular versions of the drink include the addition of grass jelly, basil seeds, lychee fruit, sparkling water, carbonated sodas such as ice cream soda, and even Milo powder.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Naleeza Ebrahim, Yaw Yan Yee, Singapore. Not just a good food guide (Ed. rev. et augm.) 2007, p.253-4
  2. ^ a b "GLOSSARY: THE HISTORY BEHIND AIR BANDUNG (ROSE SYRUP AND MILK DRINK)". My household capers!. 24 February 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2022. The drink is said to have originated during the British colonial days of Singapore.
  3. ^ "Bandung", Online Dictionary,, archived from the original on 22 July 2011, retrieved 29 March 2010
  4. ^ "Syrup", Online Dictionary,, archived from the original on 22 July 2011, retrieved 29 March 2010
  5. ^ "Water", Online Dictionary,, archived from the original on 22 July 2011, retrieved 29 March 2010
  6. ^ "Online Keyword Search: Bandung", Pusat Rujukan Persuratan Melayu (in Malay), Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 2017, retrieved 6 April 2021
  7. ^ Yinghong, Cai (2014). "Bandung in Bandung". National Library Board, Singapore. Archived from the original on 22 April 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  8. ^ Di Malaysia : Bandung Mempunyai Arti Berbeda (in Indonesian), Jakarta Indonesia: Mahfudz Tejani: Memaparkan Apa Yang Patut Di Paparkan, 5 July 2014, retrieved 6 April 2021
  9. ^ "Air bandung drink now in packets", New Straits Times, 31 December 1992, retrieved 29 March 2010