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