Sumedang (former official name: Soemedang) is a town in West Java,
Indonesia, approximately 46 km northeast of Bandung. It is the
Sumedang Regency. The town is just south of the volcanic
Mount Tampomas, which is 1,684 m (5,525 ft) high and is usually
climbed from the subdistrict of Cimalaka, 7 km from Sumedang.
Sumedang is home to several public universities: Padjadjaran
Bandung Institute of Technology, and Institut Pemerintahan
Sumedang's museum, Prabu Geusan Ulun, houses a collection of
traditional Sundanese weaponry, as well as some crown jewels and other
finery. It is on Geusan Ulun Road.
The town is famous for tahu Bungkeng, a local variety of deep fried
tofu which was first made by a Chinese immigrant, Ong Kino.
In the district surrounding the town lies Cadas Pangeran, a section of
the trans-Java postal road constructed on the order of Dutch governor
Willem Daendels during the first quarter of the 19th century. The
section is famous due to difficulty during the construction, which
required blasting of a mountainside. Hence "cadas" which means
mountain rock in Sundanese. The section was finished due to
cooperation between the governor, regent Kusumadinata known as
"pangeran kornel", and the people of Sumedang, although with
considerable ill-feeling on the part of the regent and the people due
to forced labor practice. A statue commemorating this event is erected
on the section.
The town housed the exiled Indonesian national heroine Cut Nyak Dhien
Aceh during her old age, after she was captured during the Aceh
War at the beginning of the 20th century. Her tomb is near the town.
"Tahu Bunkeng" is one of the oldest tofu stores in the city of
Sumedang, West Java, Indonesia. The authentic "Bunkeng" tofu was first
made by a Chinese immigrant by the name of Ong Kino, who came from
Anxi County (Traditional: 安溪縣; Simplified: 安溪县), Quanzhou
City (Traditional: 泉州市; Simplified: 泉州市), Hokkian Province
(Traditional: 福建省; Simplified: 福建省), the People's Republic
China (Traditional: 中華人民共和國; Simplified:
中华人民共和国), in the early 20th century.
Ong Kino started making tofu for the consumption of his family
members, but afterwards he started to sell the tofu to his neighbours.
Increasingly, more people came to like the tofu and a business was
established due to this. In 1917, Ong Kino's only son, Ong Bunkeng
(Traditional: 王文卿; Simplified: 王文卿), came to
inherited his parent’s business; Ong Kino and his wife decided to
return to their hometown in China.
When Prince Soeriatmadja of
Sumedang was on a journey to Situraja
subdistrict, he stopped by "Tahu Bunkeng" to taste the tofu. He made a
remark in Sundanese: “Geuning ngeunah ieu kadaharan teh, moal burung
payu geura” (roughly translated as “This tastes so delicious, many
people will surely buy it”).
"Tahu Bunkeng" is in Sumedang's city centre on Jalan 11 April No. 53,
Tegalkalong. There are several branches in the city on Jalan M.
Abdurahman No. 50, Jalan M. Abdurahnam No. 155, and Jalan Prabu Gajah
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Sumedang.
Coordinates: 6°50′24″S 107°55′15″E / 6.84000°S
107.92083°E / -