Saturday, November 24, 2012


Bandrek hot beverage

frOm sunda with spices

Sunda lies in the western part of Java island, Indonesia. The Sundanese ethnic have long been drinking Bandrek, a hot beverage rich in herbs and spices to warm up the body in cold weathers. It tastes good too. Now, the bandrek is also served chilled.
ingredients- serves 4
  • 1000 ml water
  • 200 grams of palm sugar/ unrefined concentrated cane or date juice/  raspadura/ gula jawa
  • 120 grams of roasted ginger slices
  • 2 cm or1 inch crushed lemon grass
  • 5 cm cinnamon stick
  • Half a pandan leaf(screwpine/pandanus)- shred a little and knot it up
  • 5 grains of cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 / 4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp instant coffee if you like
the way to boil and brew
Boil water together with all the above except palm sugar.
Once boiled, add palm sugar and simmer for 10 minutes.

I feel it is best to taste and add what is lacking, you may want a little more sugar, or perhaps you prefer extra ginger- continue to taste, simmer and taste until the versatile bandrek seems perfect for your taste buds.

I have reduced the pandan leaf to half piece only-was two pieces, but that’s me, I don’t want it’s fragrant to be too strong, otherwise I feel like I am drinking a dessert..and that is odd and alien to my senses.
Strain and Serve hot.
Add milk if you wish to further tone down the spicy taste but I won’t. I am lactose intolerant. To me it already has a delicious flavor.


  1. Spiced and flavorful drink,healthy and refreshing,have these ingredients,so will surely try this..have a nice day

  2. It looks like coffee... Reading the ingredients makes me wonder what it taste like?

    Thanks for sharing another interesting recipe, Wan :)

    1. hi nash, you may add coffee if you like-make it java coffee

  3. this is really very nice refreshing drink...and new drink to learn....

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  6. Sounds like very aromatic; certainly worth trying!

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  8. Wan! not familiar but the ingredient sounds delicious to drink during cold time...

  9. Thanks for this wonderful beverage recipe. Am going to try out since I love coffee plus all the local herbs added inside. Its amazing but prefer it hot.

  10. Thanks for sharing this wonderful beverage recipe. Coffee is one of those I will not give up in life. Love the local herbs added inside and must try but prefer the hot version.

  11. Hi Wan, wow! This the first time I read or know of this 'bandrek'. Looks like coffee, and I think tastes like one too? I guess it sure to have a very exotic scent too.
    I must check this out when next at an Indon store if there's any.
    Always being enlightened drop by here, ha ha.
    Very interesting posting.
    You have a nice day, keep a song in your heart.

    1. hi lee, i just knew about bandrek too..sure you will like this with coffee- try if you dare :)

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  13. Interesting drink..Flavorful spiced and yum..

  14. Wow! Sounds good!! Would love to try it :)

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  16. this is a good coffee 'recipe' Wan, I must give it a go, as I am a morning coffee person. WOuld love the addition spice to an otherwise boring coffee:-)

    1. hi dr jehanne, fro me coffe is never boring but some spices would be great sometimes

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