My first encounter with Batam’s trademark Mie Lendir (viscous yellow noodles in peanut sauce) was a bit of a letdown. Bland and tasteless, I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. My negative first impression of the dish, however, became nothing more than a footnote once I had a go at Mie Lendir Harum Manis.
Its name isn’t exactly Mie Lendir Harum Manis though. Due to it being served at a coffee shop called Harum Manis, people started to dub it Mie Lendir Harum Manis. Having been around for more than 30 years, the joint is currently operated by the second generation of the founder’s family.
Although it uses the same ingredients as other shops–yellow noodles, bean sprouts and hard-boiled egg–its taste reigns supreme over its counterparts. Especially when compared to the one that I tried the first time around.
Delivering the perfect balance between sweet and savoury, the corn-starch gravy added a pleasantly milky sensation to the chewy noodles. The dense sauce is enhanced even further by the egg yolk and lent an extra flavour to the dish. Despite its simple presentation, its taste was extraordinary.
If you’re a noodle person, then Mie Lendir Harum Manis comes highly recommended. It can get a bit packed in the morning, but it’ll be worth the effort.
Kedai Kopi Harum Manis,
Nagoya Hill, Jl. Imam Bonjol,
Batam, Riau Islands
Open daily from 6am-12pm
Rp.12,000/US$0.90 per portion