On a hot day- which is honestly most days in Malaysia- there’s nothing better in this world than a tall, cold glass of your favourite drink. Growing up, sirap bandung was probably a staple drink in most Malaysian households.
This drink is an upgraded version of sirap ais. It is a neon pink drink instead of the signature fragrant, rose-scented deep red colour of the sirap ais. The classic sirap with the addition of evaporated milk makes it better, making this beverage a sweet and creamy delight!
Origin of Sirap Bandung
In the Malay language, sirap refers to the rose syrup or rose flavoured cordial that gives off the signature pink of this drink. Bandung, on the other hand, means to combine or pair. What’s paired with the syrup is evaporated milk hence the name sirap bandung or paired syrup.
This drink is a favourite in Malaysia, Brunei and even India! If you thought this drink had anything to do with the city in Indonesia- think again. Sirap bandung has no connection to the city, and actually cannot be found there!
Bandung RecipeDifficulty: Easy
This milk-based rose drink is the perfect drink on hot days! Make a large batch and chill in the fridge for a few hours before pouring over ice, and you’ve got the ideal beat-the-heat remedy! Your family and friends will definitely love this!
¼ cup rose syrup cordial
¾ cup evaporated milk
2 cups ice
½ can of Ice Cream Soda
- Start by adding all the liquids except the ice and stir well. Make sure the syrup cordial you’re using already has sugar in it – if not dilute ¼ cup of sugar into the drink.
- Then, refrigerate it for a few hours.
- Lastly, pour in the sirap bandung into a few glasses filled with ice. Serve and enjoy!
Ways to Enjoy Sirap Bandung
Bruise a few sprigs of mint leaves and top each glass with some for an added flavour complexity to your drink! If you’re really going all out- we suggest you top your sirap banding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s truly a treat!
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