Before I went for my culinary excursion to Bandung a few months ago, I had never heard of the term Colenak (fermented cassava with grated coconut). Once I was there, though, I noticed quite a lot of hawkers touting it across the city, which I took as a signal for me to give it a go.
After a bit of research, I came across Colenak Mardi Putra. A long-established joint that has endured the test of time since it was founded in 1930, its crowning moment was when it was chosen to serve dessert during the Asia Africa Conference in 1955.
Located on Jalan Ahmad Yani – it has a branch in Cibiru as well – it can be a bit far if you’re coming from the city centre. I had to suffer through a hectic traffic jam that took about 40 minutes before I finally arrived at the shop at 5pm. Housed in a two-storey shop, there’s a selection of crackers inside, along with various light bites on display at the counter. There are only two tables inside, and customers tend to have their snack to go.
Colenak consists of grilled tapai (fermented cassava) and kincai (mixture of grated coconut and palm sugar). The fermented cassava here features a delicate texture with a sour aftertaste, while the kincai delivers a sweet to the proceedings. All in all, it is a superb combination of sweet and sour for one’s taste buds and the perfect companion for a cup of tea or coffee.
Jl. Ahmad Yani No. 733,
T: 022 727 5037
Open daily from 6.30am-6.30pm
Rp.10,000/US0.70 per portion