Bandung (drink)

Two Bandung drinks
Type Drink
Place of origin Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei
Created by Malay
Main ingredients Evaporated milk, condensed milk, rose cordial syrup
Cookbook: Bandung  Media: Bandung

Bandung, sirap bandung, or air bandung is a drink popular in 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.[1]


In the Malay language, the term bandung means "pairs", while sirap means "syrup" - referring to the rose-flavoured base - and air means "water".[2][3][4] 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.

Despite the name, there is no connection to the city of Bandung in Indonesia, and the drink actually cannot be found there.[5]


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.[6]

See also


  1. Naleeza Ebrahim, Yaw Yan Yee, Singapore. Not just a good food guide (Ed. rev. et augm.) 2007, p.253-4
  2. "Bandung", Online Dictionary,, archived from the original on 22 July 2011, retrieved 29 March 2010
  3. "Syrup", Online Dictionary,, retrieved 29 March 2010
  4. "Water", Online Dictionary,, archived from the original on 22 July 2011, retrieved 29 March 2010
  5. Yinghong, Cai (2014). "Bandung in Bandung". National Library Board, Singapore. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  6. "Air bandung drink now in packets", New Straits Times, 31 December 1992, retrieved 29 March 2010
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