Malaysia, July 2007: I was walking around the night market in Chow Kit when I was lured by a brightly pink colored drink.  What is it?  I didn't care, all I knew was I had to have some... yes unlike most people who shy away from brightly colored food...I can't seem to get enough of them.  Excited, I walked up to the vendor, pointed to the drink and bought a glass.  It was delicious!  Refreshing and rich with notes of floral and citrus. I briefly mentioned it in my post about Malaysian street food and found out it was called Air Bandung.  A refreshing sweet milk drink flavored with rose water and tinted a rosy, pepto-bismol pink.  I played with a few recipes and discovered that addition of lemon zest will bring out the flavors of the drink more.  The trick is to not add too should be there but not be there...if that makes any sense.

-1 can evaporated milk
-1 can sugar (use milk can to measure, +/- depending on your taste)
-4 tbs rosewater
-pink food coloring
-zest of 1/4 of a lemon
-water, ice

What to Do:
Rub together the sugar and lemon zest, add milk and bring mixture to a boil, cool, and strain out the lemon zest.   Add pink coloring.  To serve, fill a class 1/3 full with the milk syrup, and water to fill the glass 2/3 full; finish the remaining 1/3 with crushed ice.  Give the drink a quick stir and enjoy!

A Toast to 2010,
May the new year be as Sweet, as Refreshing and as Rosy as Air Bandung.


Comments (9)

On 1:31 AM , FooDcrazEE said...

Here in Malaysia - we called the drink as Sirap Bandung. Bandung Syrup in English . .Rose Flavoured Cordial with evaporated milk. . .iced of course.

Have a fabulous new year bro

On 7:06 AM , Unknown said...


happy new year.

trying adding some ice-cream soda to this drink, it kicks up a knotch.

On 10:26 AM , Don said...

A real good job on your new template - Fantastic start for 2010.

On 10:28 AM , Don said...

Excellent job on your new template - What better way to start 2010.
When you coming to Germany ah ?

On 12:54 PM , hoangtam/tt said...

Foodcrazee, Lily,

thanks for the info. :)


do they have bandung in Germany? lol

**happy new year my friends.**

On 10:45 AM , Little Corner of Mine said...

Happy New Year TT! I love this Malay pink drink too.

On 10:30 AM , Thy Thy said...

Wow, that's really so cool :) i first thought that the color came from an articial element. :D Hapy new year! :)

On 6:51 PM , Baking Fiend said...

Happy New year TT!

On 9:37 PM , hoangtam/tt said...

thanks all! Happy new year to you too.