Bandung: Roti Gempol

Bread was never a staple of our daily food intake back in the olden days. Your great-grandfather would’ve never ate toast and jam for breakfast – he’d prefer rice. Well, unless he was of Dutch descent, that is. However, with the effect of globalisation taking place, bread has somehow crept into our menu. Now, I won’t go into depth about how it all took place, but as an opening gambit to this very article, I thought it would be very apt.

During a recent trip to Bandung, I paid a visit to a shop that has been in the bread business for decades. Roti Gempol was established in 1958 and offers a selection of toasts and various bread-based treats made with bread that is prepared in their own small factory located right next to it.

Housed in an average-sized building, Roti Gempol is equipped with several tables and sofas and has a capacity of about 15-20 people at a time. There were quite a number of customers lining up at its counter to get their bread fix to go while I was there. I had the Roti Bakar Coklat (chocolate toast) and it was delicious. The bread were fresh and moist as they came straight from the oven before being toasted, while the melted chocolate sprinkles held a delightful chocolaty parade on my palate.

Jl. Gempol Wetan No. 14,
Open daily from 7am-9pm
Price: Rp.10,000/US$0.80 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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