Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Baso Tahu (Siomay) Bandung



In addition to shopping and fashion, Bandung is also well known for its culinary. There are a lot of varieties of food that are typically associated with this city. Mention the word "peyeum" (fermeted cassava or rice), for example, and Indonesian in general would normally add Bandung as its collocation. Similar collocations are usually also applied to a variety of other foods, such as "oncom Bandung", "mie kocok Bandung", and of course "baso tahu" or "siomay Bandung".



Baso tahu (also called siomay because one of its ingredients) usually consists of steamed tofu, siomay (fish dumpling), bitter gourd, rolled cabbage, potatoes, and boiled eggs (see top picture). They are served with spicy peanut sauce (see bottom picture).

Another variety of baso tahu is baso tahu goreng (fried baso tahu). It is also served with the same sause and normally does not include the other stuff that its steamed counterpart has (the siomay, bitter gourd, potatoes, and boiled eggs).

From the name, siomay Bandung is quite probably a local adaptation of the Chinese shaomay dumpling (one of the "main course" of the dim sum) minus the pork, of course, as the majority of Bandung people are Moslems who do not eat pork.

13 comments:

omami said...

It looks like the Asian poutine... Poutine in Quebec is french fries, sauce and cheese curds!!!

nobu said...

Looks delicious!!
I like tofu very much.

uncleawang said...

Talking about foods .I can't wait for a try especially culinary from tofu & spicy peanut.Maybe similiar to Rojak locally known in Kuching.

nobu said...

I hope you will have a great year.

M.Kate said...

Is it the same as Bakso..the ones I eat here are the beef Bakso, but anyway, these looks yummy too.

Sterl the Pearl's Daily Pics of Boulder said...

That looks delicious!

the donG said...

i would love to taste that. as long as it's not exotic. hehehe...

Destitute Rebel said...

Looks Yummy!

ramblingwoods.com said...

I love learning about different kinds of cuisine.

We have a television station here called 'the food network' and it's all about cooking and cooking contests. I love to watch it even though I don't enjoy cooking anymore, but I like to watch other people doing it..

I would think that the people in your country would be much more healthy eating a diet like that than so many people here in the US.

Catherine said...

Well, very interesting.
I would like to taste. So different from what we use to cook here. With the sauce, it looks delicious.

metromanila said...

Very inviting photographs. We do have some dumpling of sorts here called siomai, but it doesn't look exactly like this one so I'd like to give this a try. It looks yummy.

Mona 033776 said...

Hmm yummy
makes me hungry

pyo said...

Have you ever heard about "martabak Bandung"? I don't think we ever find it in Bandung. Well, I found it in Padang City when I visited it last week. Weird huh?
It was just like "martabak" that Bandung people know as "martabak Bangka". And the big question: Is there any "martabak Bangka" in Bangka itself?

;P