Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Noodles Hunting (Stuffing Myself with Bowls of Noodles), West Jakarta

Beware, this post is loaded heavily with carbs.
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Along with rice and potatoes, noodles are one of my preferable type of carb sources. If it isn't, this post will not even exist, I guess.

On my last back home trip, I stuffed myself big time with bowls of noodles. I dragged everyone to share some; the BFFs, the boy, and the family. The best bowl of noodles crown is occupied by my fav bakmi Alok still, but it doesn't stop me for craving for others. So here you go, a post full of long, delicious carbs, served with various type of protein. Oh BTW, the rating is given purely about the bowl of noodles, nothing else. It's only the West Jakarta area that I am covering this time, but I will surely wander around Jakarta to get more noodles in the future.

If you have your own fav noodles places, please let me know! I would love to hunt them down. Enjoy!


1. Bakmi Aloi ('Aloi' noodles)

Taman Palem Lestari
Blok G2 No. 16, West Jakarta (021) 5596-1520)

Price range: IDR 15,000 - 30,000 ($1.5 - $3)
Yay: firm and chewy noodles, generous and tasty topping (esp. the glazed roast pork), available in 1.5 portion (super big).
Nay: more pricey than your average bowl of noodles (but worth it).
Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)

Bakmi Aloi (Aloi noodles)

2. Bakmi Halleluya ('Halleluya' noodles)

Jl. Taman Surya Blok D2 no. 9
Kalideres, West Jakarta (021-7024 9333/021-540 4663)

Price range: IDR 15,000 - 20,000 ($1.5 - $2)
Yay: perfectly cooked home made noodles, generous and tasty topping, nice fried meatballs.
Nay: a bit too oily for me.
Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)

Bakmi Halleluya: bakmi babi panggang merah (char siu noodles)

Bakmi Halleluya: bakmi babi rica (spicy minced pork noodles)

3. Bakmi Bangka Air Mangkok ('Air Mangkok' Bangkanese noodles)

Taman Surya II Blok D2/17
Kalideres, West Jakarta

Price range: IDR 10,000 - 15,000 ($1 - $1.5)
Yay: firm although thin noodles, tastes like real Bangkanese noodles, good pork topping, the chilli sauces compliment the noodles very well.
Nay: a bit too much on the MSG use (?)
Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)

Bakmi Bangka 'Air Mangkok' ('Air Mangkok' Bangkanese noodles)

4. Bakmi Bangka Kim Nyun ('Kim Nyun' Bangkanese noodles)

Citra Garden 2 Blok C1/9
Kalideres, West Jakarta (021-5414861)

Price range: IDR 10,000 - 15,000 ($1 - $1.5)
Yay: generous and complete topping on the noodles, great options of sides (uyen, fried meatballs, etc.), good wontons, well-cooked and seasoned noodles.
Nay: the place can be hard to find, nothing really special about the noodles' flavour.
Rating: 2/5 (Average)

Bakmi Bangka 'Kim Nyun' ('Kim Nyun' Bangkanese noodles)

5. Bakmi karet Mangga Besar

Ruko Taman Palem, Jl.Taman Palem Lestari no. 16
Cengkareng, West Jakarta

Price range: IDR 10,000 - 15,000 ($1 - $1.5)
Yay: great firm noodles, good wontons, good options of condiments.
Nay: the chicken topping is a bit dry.
Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)

Bakmi karet Mangga Besar

6. Bakmi Medan Kristoforus ('Kristoforus' Medanese noodles)

Just across Kristoforus II High School
Perum Taman Palem Lestari Blok a-18
Cengkareng, West Jakarta

Price range: IDR 8,000 - 10,000 ($0.8 - $1)
Yay: very historical for me (I spent high school eating this), nice condiments to complement.
Nay: nothing really stand out.
Rating: 2/5 (OK)

Bakmi Medan Kristoforus ('Kristoforus' Medanese noodles)

7. Bakmi Bangka Santo ('Santo' Bangkanese noodles)

Across Pizza Hut
Citra Garden 2 housing
Cengkareng, West Jakarta

Price range: IDR 10,000 - 15,000 ($1 - $1.5)
Yay: balanced flavour, tastes like Bangkanese noodles, there's tauco chilli sauce available.
Nay: nothing really stands out.
Rating: 2/5 (OK)

Bakmi Bangka Santo ('Santo' Bangkanese noodles

8. Bakmi Permata ('Permata' noodles)

Pasar Laris, Palm Paradise
Taman Surya 5, Cengkareng, West Jakarta

Price range: IDR 10,000 - 15,000 ($1 - $1.5)
Yay: various seafood topping (my fav is the fried fish cake), great chilli sauce as condiment, good value for the price.
Nay: noodles are a bit dry, too thin and soft to my liking.
Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)

Bakmi Permata ('Permata' noodles)

9. Bakmi Acing ('Acing' noodles)

Jl. Dr. Susilo 1, Grogol
West Jakarta

Price range: IDR 20,000 - 25,000 ($2 - $2.5)
Yay: very close resemblance with my fav bakmi Alok; bouncy and thick noodles, very well seasoned, the chicken cut are tender and the broth is superb. Big portion will guarantee satisfied stomach.
Nay: chilli sauce isn't spicy enough, for those who doesn't like thick noodles may not enjoy this, price is higher than average.
Rating: 4.5/5 (Really recommended)

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Bakmi Acing ('Acing' noodles)

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The chicken broth

10. Bakmi Bangka Asung ('Asung' Bangkanese noodles)

Citra Garden 3 Foodcourt
Kalideres, West Jakarta

Price range: IDR 10,000 - 15,000 ($1 - $1.5)
Yay: very close to home and the owner is a friend of the father, tastes like real Bangkanese noodles, good flavour and the noodles are cooked very well. Very generous on the broth; you can always ask for more.
Nay: not really generous with the topping.
Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)

Bakmi Bangka 'Asung' ('Asung' bangkanese noodles)


Now I am drooling for my own post. I am trying to find a bowl of Indonesian noodles in Syd that can match the ones in Jakarta, but none so far. And so the hunting continues!

Tell me, what and where are your fav noodles joints? Do share!

(Disclaimer: price ranges are not definite; I cannot be sure as I lost most of the bills. Sorry!)

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  1. Heya... I was homesick and stumble to this blog.. cool blog leh.. i think you live near by my house.. (in JKT ofcourse) anyway... have you tried bakmi asui??

    1. Hi, thank heaps! I hope you enjoy it.
      No, I hadn't had the time. it's on my list though, will make sure I try it when I am back home. Thanks! :)

  2. itu bakmi kristo masuk lah, inget aja lu makan itu
    gw jg pas desember gw suru ade gw beliin, mskipun ga wow bgt rasanya, tp kangennn ahhahaa! Tu bakmi full of memories..
    iya rin, coba asui deh, kata bokap sih mirip alok
    cmn alok kek lebih banyak side dishnya..
    gw jg ga ksampean nyoba alok gara2 banjir2an wktu itu hehehe

    1. Iya dong, gue sengaja ke kristo makan itu haha.
      Iya nih, gue jg ga kesampean waktu itu. nanti pasti gue cobain! :)<3

  3. Hi Irene, have you tried bakmi Asui at Tanjung Duren or Green Garden? My favourite so far :D
    Btw your Bakmi Babi Rica picture is making me droll right now!

    1. It's on my list, but I hadn't had the time to go there. I'll definitely try it as soon as I'm back!
      Thanks heaps for dropping by, natasha! Glad that you enjoy the bakmi babi rica pic hehe :p

    *and all the angels raise their praises and sing*

    I'm intrigued to write meself a list of noodle stalls after reading this. But to be wise I'd rather not. *liat perut* haha.

    Anw, why some of the photo are panjang" kaya ke stretch rene?

    1. DO IT!
      Whoa yours is gonna be so amazing, I bet!

      iye, some of the photos were taken with my dig cam which has different resolution with my DSLR. but I don't like different size of photos, being a perfectionist like I am. haha.

  5. Bakmi Karet Krekot is definitely worth to try! Try their cakwe and bakso, too!

    1. Hi hanna!
      Sounds like my type of noodles, where is it?
      Thanks for dropping by! :)

  6. My personal favorite is Bakmi Asui (Tanjung Duren/Green Garden). You can never go wrong with the broth they're serving. The taste of the soup is heaven, I tell ya xD. I've seen people go to the place just for buying some of the soup.

    The trick to this is, I believe, by boiling over 50++ whole chickens in the same pot to extract all those juicy goodness from the meat and bones. They always add more whole chickens to the pot, so the soup gets more and more delicious and savoury the later you come to the place.

    The noodle is more on the salty-bland side, though. I presume they're using the oil they collected after simmering the chicken (or something) as the base for the spices, and just throw some salt over the noodle. If you do plan on going there, you should also try the Bakso Goreng out. They tend to sell out fast, and they only taste great in the morning while they are still crispy and warm, but they are well worth the price! (A bit pricey, I have to admit). They are closed on Mondays, and they tend to sell out so quickly you may not even get your serving if you come any later than 10. >.>

    Another place I'd recommend is Bakmi Cubeng (Pluit/Muara Karang, right in front of the late Ikkousha). The flavor is redolent of Ai Bakmi's noodle, but with more hardcore servings, more char siu, bigger eggs, and special jumbo size! They have a very peculiar working hour, you see. So even when I just finished my work at--say--8 or 9 o'clock, I could still drive over there (which means I could very well make it there at around 10 or 11) and still eat the noodle! They are open until after midnight, if I recall correctly. The neighbouring Kwetiau Goreng is also worth the try!

    I've tried all those noodles above, and I love them!!! Gosh now I feel like some freakish noodle fanboy LOL

    1. This comment should be put as a separate post itself haha.
      I will definitely try all of them! Thanks, Pe! :)

  7. ren i just can't imagine if i make a post like this full with bakmie... bisa tambah genduttt hahaha.. bakmie acing looks so yummmm!!! bakmie babi di tangerang psr anyar jg enak tuh..

      just do it, Cend. You know you want to hehe :p

      It's on the to-visit list now! thanks heaps! :)

  8. omg i've never seen a post with SO MANY NOODLES! I want some noodles right now!!

    1. Hehe, glad you enjoyed it, Shanshan! :D
      Thanks for dropping by.

  9. Lol bakmi bangka asung. Like my dad's name :D
    Bakmi aloi ini yang cabang dari palembang bukan ya? Yang ada juga di greenville? Kalo iya then this is my favorite <33 tp belom pernah makan yg di jakarta, selalu makan kalo ke palembang. Disana dimakan buat sarapan pagi pake es teh susu. Superb!

    1. Iya!
      Wah, mantep bgt tuh sarapan mie Aloi.
      Superb, indeed!
      Thanks for dropping by, venessa! :D

  10. Wohooo.. ada Bakmi Acing masuk list. Aku suka banget itu. Ayamnya generous.. Gw makan yg porsi Jumbo pastinya :)

    1. Aku juga suka bakmi Acing, kak Jie!
      Thanks for dropping by, it's an honor! :)

  11. Heya... I was homesick and stumble to this blog.. cool blog leh.. i think you live near by my house.. (in JKT ofcourse) anyway... have you tried bakmi asui??

    1. Thanks heaps! I hope you enjoyed it :)
      Nope, it has been on my to-try list though!
      Thanks for dropping by! :D


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