Traditional Sudanese dining is outdoors in a shelter called a Saung. There is usually a Saung in every rice field for the farmers to eat their meals in. At mealtime, the farmer’s wife brings the food out to the Saung for her husband.
Bandung is the center of Sundanese culture, so there are many restaurants that offer a traditional dining experience. Tops on my list is Sindang Reret Hotel and Restaurant in Ciwidey, a suburb of Bandung.
At Sindang Reret (Sundanese for “please stop by and see us”), you can choose to eat in a tropical garden, a rice field, or indoors on tables and chairs.
We chose the rice field.
This Sindang Reret is located on Jl. Raya Provinsi Ciwidey, Kab. Bandung. Phone: 022 592 8205
They have three other locations as well: Lembang – 022 278 6500, Bandung – 022 253 5050, Jakarta – 021 725 4459
In the photo above…
Top left is Terong Seuhah – Grilled Eggplant with Chili. In the center – Sate Kambing – Grilled Lamb with a sweet sauce, top right – Otak-Otak – Fishcake wrapped in banana leaves.
Center – Balibu is in an urban area. They have a small garden, as well as a dining room. The fountain on the left is where they catch the fish you order.
Bottom – On the right is a grilled Gurame fish, and on the left is Karedok – Raw Vegetable Salad.
Balibu is located on Jl.Tangkuban Perahu, Lembang. Phone: 022 278 9582
Kampung Baso is another quality Sundanese experience. It’s has a well manicured garden and a rich night time ambiance. They’re located on Jl. Setia Budhi, No. 316, Setia Budhi, Bandung. Phone: 022 2014628
One thing you can always count on with Sundanese food is rich flavor. It can be very spicy, but usually not overly so. They use a variety of spices that balance the flavors very nicely.
After you’ve worked very hard to learn enough Bahasa Indonesian to order a meal, some Sundanese restaurants will throw you a curve by writing their menu in Bahasa Sundanese. Don’t worry though, they’re happy to explain.