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.