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Bandung's most popular desserts on Instagram

One of Bandung's traits that keeps attracting visitors, especially from Jakarta, is its always-exciting culinary adventure. During the 1980s, it was the baso tahu goreng or batagor for short (fried fish and tofu eaten with peanut sauce) and an array of pastries and cakes from big bakeries that were the sought-after food souvenirs from Bandung. Nowadays however, continuing the city’s legacy of always moving forward and creating new trends, new hybrid foodpreneurs are emerging; offering a totally new style and concept in desserts, which are not only exciting and show creativity but also genius in pampering our taste buds. Though not all of them have managed to establish a store, all are creating a lot of buzz on social media, especially on Instagram. So, prepare to savor these treats when you are in town. Pompidou Think about pretty, elegant, and at the same time modern cakes or cupcakes, which upon eating will give you a lot of happiness for the soft and delicious texture combined with a satisfying creamy buttery icing. That's what Pompidou, a little cake shop at Jl. Ciliwung 14, is all about. Founded in 2009 by Irma and Arthy, the duo started out by receiving custom-order cupcakes for friends or family. Their interest in cakes and cupcakes began after reading a red velvet cake recipe in a Martha Stewart cookbook. Pompidou now offers cakes, cupcakes and pies, starting from Rp 18,000 per cupcake. Pompidou's chocomalt cake, red velvet and salted caramel cake, are among their best-sellers. Fat Bites Astrid and her partner have a passion for food and so the two often experiment to create new exciting dishes. The duo's exploration later resulted in an online-based business named Fat Bites which offers their product through an Instagram account. "We wanted to explore new tastes and flavors of food and beverages as well as new unexpected ways to present them," said Astrid about her business. At the moment, she said, Fat Bites offered ice creams, sorbets and pies. The varieties are quite rich with cheese cake, Oreo, apple caramel, vanilla, bubble gum for the ice cream and strawberry punch and lavender lime for the sorbets and banana soufflé, strawberry soufflé and salmon wasabi for the pies. According to Astrid, Fat Bites' signature and best-selling menu item are Summerfling, which is a lychee drink with fruit popsicle, the fruit and ice cream S'more -- ice cream with butter cookies and melted marshmallow -- and the salmon wasabi pie. "Currently we still do a lot of pop-up events and participate in culinary festivals. But we have a pick-up point for our customers who order through our LINE account or email, which is at Jl. Bagus Rangin No. 7," Astrid explained, adding a requirement of three days’ notice for customer orders. TnC Chef Kamal's tiramisu is more than just a delicious dessert dish but also a success story amid hard times. His tiramisu dish started gaining popularity in 1997, but then the monetary crisis hit and Chef Kamal, who worked in a hotel as a pastry chef at the time, tried to join the line of street cafes that emerged in the Dago area, as a response to the crisis and a demand for new affordable eateries. To his surprise, his hotel-quality tiramisu, which sold at an affordable price, started to gain popularity. Long story short, five years later Chef Kamal decided to quit his job and started his own business called TnC (Tiramisu and Coffee) by Chef Kamal at Jl. Sawah Kurung IV No. 14. Following the trend of social media, TnC also set up an account on Twitter and Instagram, resulting in a new batch of younger customers who praised his tiramisu and proudly posted the experience online. Arromanis Armita Sunaryo had never baked a single cake in her life before. But the global trend and craving for red velvet cake in 2011 sparked her curiosity. So she Googled and YouTubed and tried out one recipe and had great luck with a result that was delicious. As a person who actually doesn't really enjoy sweet treats, Armita then developed recipes using low-fat milk and less sugar, resulting in a healthier product for everybody to enjoy but still offering some indulgence in the flavor. At first, Armita used social media to market Arromanis. From word of mouth, Arromanis became more popular so that in January 2014, Armita finally established a small shop at Jl. Wira Angun–Angun 14. The most favorite items from the Arromanis Corner Shop are the banoffee pie and matcha whoopie pie which sell around 500 pieces per month. The Wooden Spoon Founded late last year by Amy Fahmi, The Wooden Spoon (TWS) offers mouthwatering but lower-in-fat as well as halal versions of the Italian panna cottas. Amy's version of the dessert dish comes with vanilla, almond and hazelnut flavors and up to 12 choices of toppings such as latte macchiato, summer berry coulis and yoghurt, and apple sauce and cookie crumble -- all priced at Rp 165,000 (US$13.53) per half-dozen. Thanks to interesting promotion through Instagram, TWS’ business has grown quite fast in less than a year with around 800 to 1,200 cups of panna cottas sold per month. According to Amy, loyal customers from Jakarta regularly order her panna cottas and have them delivered to the capital city. Cokelatia Mila Savitri, an architect and foodie, posted on her Path account a batch of chewy green-tea cookies topped with white chocolate. She raved that the treat was superbly delicious and she was proud to be among the first customers who savored the new product from Cokelatia. But before the chewy cookies, it was Cokelatia's RockyBars that were so popular and established many loyal fans. Tia, founder of Cokelatia, the small company she runs with her sibling Poji, started out the business as a hobby. Tia blogged about her fascination for chocolate and baking cakes on her blogspot site, Cokelatia, and started to receive orders from friends and family. Among the orders, she noticed that her RockyBars -- which offer an interesting new look and taste from the usual brownies -- were really sought after. So, in 2012, Tia and her husband and Poji, founded a small business dedicated to selling their RockyBars. At first they sold RockyBars online. But several months later they started to rent a space at Jl. Raden Patah 12 in Bandung and created the RockyBars' Open Kitchen where they baked and provided a customer order pick-up point. From the original RockyBars, now Cokelatia has created many variants of RockyBars and also a new product called ChewyCookies. Actively participating in Bandung's chic culinary festivals such as Keuken, Cokelatia offers menu items such as the RockySundae, which mixes RockyBars and ice cream and always turns out to be one of the crowds' favorites.
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