Bandung: Batagor Kingsley

I have lost count of the many times I have been to Bandung, yet for each visit that I make, I would always make time to drop by Batagor Kingsley. I keep finding myself back there for its tasty batagor (fried fish dumplings).

Established in 1982, Batagor Kingsley is without a doubt one of the most-loved batagor joints in town. It’s not uncommon to come across a mob of customers overcrowding the shop, especially during weekends when swarms of Jakartans descend upon the City of Flowers. Found on Jalan Veteran, what was once a small eatery has transformed into a modern double-storey building.

There are two types of batagor that one can choose from here: batagor soup and fried batagor. The former is served whole in a bowl of chicken broth, whereas the latter comes in small pieces and is topped with peanut sauce. The peanut sauce itself is a tad salty and peppery, with traces of sweetness that appears from the use of palm sugar and soy sauce. The soup’s broth features a warm and zesty sensation that is perfect for the city’s cool climate.

When it comes both the tofu and the fishcake, both versions share a slightly similar taste and texture because they are initially prepared using the same method – the fishcake dough being stuffed inside the tofu before frying. What sets them apart is simply how they are plated up. Overall, the tofu possesses a tender and milky texture, while the fishcake filling is chewy and moist.

Batagor Kingsley also offers a selection of snacks, crackers and ice creams, but the one that takes the cake is its siomay (steamed fish dumplings), which is a must-try if you’re there.

Jl. Veteran No. 25,
T: 022 420 7104
Open daily from 8am-8pm except Thursday
Price: Rp.25,000/US$1.80 per person

A die-hard fan of authentic Indonesian delights who loves the idea of travelling to the cradle of those enticing local treats. Yet, you might often find this young lad busy with his guitar – be it alone in his room or, sometimes, on stage.


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