Bandung Culinary Art and Musical

Lutung Kasarung ©Kembang Gula/flickr

Lutung Kasarung ©Kembang Gula/flickr

Searching for an interesting event in Indonesia is not a difficult task at all. For example in Bandung, you can catch the ancient Sundanese legend of Lutung Kasarung. This 27th December 2011 til the 7th January 2012, do not miss their spectacular show.

About Lutung Kasarung

Better known as the ‘lost ape’, this is an ancient folklore from the West Java people. They are Sundanese who tells the journey from the realm of heaven to earth of Sanghyang Guraminda. He was in the form of an ape-like animal, the Lutung. Part of the story is about his falling in love with a beautiful princess who is also the heir of a kingdom. There were themes about power struggle, evil never cease to suppress the good and righteousness. If you want something special about the Sundanese indigenous wisdoms and teaching, you can learn a lot about cosmology and ethics from this story. Its contribution to the Indonesian culture is significant and it is probably an event you do not want to miss during your time in Bandung.

Bundung Culinary Art

This is a place for pampering yourself. You can be sure your taste buds will be spoilt for choice. In particular, if you like spicy, you will find their sambal dadak (a kind of chili and other ingredient prepared by grinding together). Some people also add nasi timbel which is made with steamed rice rolled within the banana leaf. Those who like sour, the nasi timbel is best with sayur asam which is sour vegetables soup. Lalapan or just lalap are raw vegetables eaten with sambal dadak. Tomatoes, eggplants, lettuces, cucumbers and coriander leaves. In Bundung, you must try the Nasi Timbel, that has a Sundanese-styled fried or roasted chicken, tempeh, salted fish called jambal, beancurd, slices of beef, pepes mixed with crushed herbs. Most of these are fried. Snacks like Gehu-toge-tahu made with beancurd, vegetables filling like beansprouts are really delicious.

Cakes, Desserts and Drinks

Pisang Molen © irni audita/flickr

Pisang Molen © irni audita/flickr

Pisang Molen is made with layers of dough wrapping around the banana. Hence its name is ‘Crispy Wrapped Banana’. The brownies kukus is the other variation. On a hot day, es cendol is a must try if you are not intolerant to coconut milk. It is made with grinded rice and palm sugar. Bandrek or Bajigur is better on a colder day. Another milk drink, Bandung like yoghurt. The thicker version is a French style yoghurt and there is a thinner version as well.

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