Bandrek (Sundanese Sweet and Spicy Hot Drink)

Bandrek (Sundanese Sweet and Spicy Drink)

Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Indonesian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Steeping: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Marvellina
Traditional comforting hot, spicy, and sweet drink originated from West Java made with aromatic spices and herbs that are formulated to keep your body warm.
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  • 4 cups water
  • 4 Tbsp Palm sugar or coconut sugar more to taste


  • 100 gr old ginger peeled and cut into thin slices
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds


  • 3 stalks fresh lemongrass
  • 2 pandan leaves knotted

Serve with (optional):


  • In a medium-sized saucepan, add spices and herb. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to let it gently simmer until the spices and herb release a wonderful aroma, about 20 minutes. Add in the gula Jawa and stir until it dissolves. Close the lid in the saucepan and let it steeps further for another 15 minutes. 
  • Strain the beverage into serving glasses
  • Add 1-2 tsp of condensed milk to your taste if you like. Serve immediately


You can add condensed milk, or often called "Bandrek Susu" in Indonesian language if you like. It tastes really good with condensed milk as well :)