Exploring Bandung’s Culinary Heritage at Sumber Hidangan (Het Snoephuis)

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javaprivatetour.com – When you step foot in the vibrant city of Bandung, there’s one culinary destination that should be on every traveler’s list – Sumber Hidangan. This legendary bakery, located on Jalan Braga (Braga Weg), has been a beacon of Bandung’s culinary heritage since 1929. Managed by the second generation of its founders, Sumber Hidangan, formerly known as Het Snoephuis, is more than just a bakery; it’s a living testament to the city’s history.

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Braga Street in 1930

A Sweet Beginning: Het Snoephuis

Our journey through time begins with Het Snoephuis, or the “House of Sweets.” This quaint shop first graced the streets of Braga Weg in 1929. As recounted in Sudarsono Katam’s book “Nostalgia Braga Weg Tempo Doeloe 1930-1950,” Het Snoephuis initially had its address at Braga Weg 24. Later on, it acquired a neighboring building at Braga Weg 22, which was transformed into a dining space.

Sudarsono Katam's book "Nostalgia Braga Weg Tempo Doeloe 1930-1950
Sudarsono Katam’s book “Nostalgia Braga Weg Tempo Doeloe 1930-1950

The Transition to Sumber Hidangan

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In the 1960s, Het Snoephuis underwent a transformation, emerging as Sumber Hidangan. Despite the name change, it retained its timeless charm, featuring art deco and neoclassical architecture. From its inception to the present day, Sumber Hidangan has chosen not to alter its appearance. Its tall, weathered walls, vintage furnishings, antique chairs, dusty display cases, shattered chandeliers, old-fashioned cash register, and wooden radio continue to tell the tale of its enduring history.

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For the original Bandung residents, this place remains eternally Het Snoephuis in their hearts, even though the name may have changed. To them, the ambiance, the interior of the building, and the spirits lingering within remain unchanged. Their memories of this establishment are intertwined with the memories of their own lives, growing older together with the owners and faithful patrons.

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Behind Braga Weg 22 and 24

As previously mentioned, the story of Sumber Hidangan began at Braga Weg 24, where it specialized in baking bread, while Braga Weg 22 served as its dining area. Behind the display cases of the restaurant, you’d find a bakery oven, where they baked fresh bread. Notably, Sumber Hidangan’s famous white bread, made from select flour without any chemical additives, stands out. Instead of artificial leavening agents, they use natural yeast.

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If you’ve ever visited Kopi Purnama and tried their srikaya bread, you should know that it originates from Sumber Hidangan.

Savoring Het Snoephuis’ Classic Menu

Besides white bread, Sumber Hidangan also offers fat-free milk bread (melk brood) and sweet bread (krenten brood). The pastries in their vintage display include moorkoppen, tompoesjes, janhagel, bokkepootjes, kletskoppen, and kaastengel. Don’t forget to try their homemade ice cream flavors like moorkus, plombiere, cafe glace, marasquino, nesselrode, and frambos.

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Given the Dutch names of these treats, ordering them might be a bit of a linguistic adventure for those unfamiliar with the language, but rest assured, they’re all delightful.

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Indonesian Cuisine at Sumber Hidangan

In addition to pastries and bread, Sumber Hidangan offers a menu of Indonesian dishes. 

Sumber Hidangan was highly esteemed in its heyday and served as a gathering place for the Dutch elite of Bandung. Patrons came from various backgrounds, including plantation owners, government officials, entrepreneurs, and ordinary citizens. However, in the present day, the knowledge of this establishment is fading among the younger generation.

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From its inception until today, Het Snoephuis or Sumber Hidangan has never displayed a signboard. Its existence is concealed behind the canvases of artists from Jelekong. Nevertheless, it waits faithfully, opening its doors every Monday to Saturday, from 9 AM to 3:30 PM.

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Canvases of artists from Jelekong

Indulging in History and Flavor: Sumber Hidangan, Bandung’s Must-Visit Bakery

 

In conclusion, a visit to Sumber Hidangan is not just about savoring delightful bread and coffee; it’s about experiencing a slice of Bandung’s rich history. The blend of Dutch colonial heritage, classic interior, and delectable treats makes this bakery a must-visit destination for tourists exploring the culinary delights of Bandung. So, when you find yourself in this charming city, be sure to make a stop at Sumber Hidangan to enjoy a taste of the past and indulge in the flavors that have stood the test of time.

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