Bandung: Mie Encek

The first time I sampled Mie Encek’s Mie Yamin Asin (salty dry noodles), I was greatly impressed. It left such a mark on my palate that I immediately crowned it as the best noodle shop in Bandung and I made promise that I would come back in the near future. That was a couple of months ago and I’ve yet to make my return. However, I still can’t get over its out-of-this-world deliciousness.

Founded in 1949 by a middle-aged man of Chinese descent who touted his Bakmie around using a pushcart, he was dubbed “Encek” – meaning “uncle” – by his regulars and the nickname stuck long enough to become the moniker of his shop. No longer a mobile eatery, Mie Encek now calls a house on Jalan Guntur right across GKI Guntur church its home.

It was 10am when I got there on a Thursday morning, and although the place was quite full, there were still a couple of vacant tables left at the front area. After settling myself down, I order its Mie Yamin Asin and a bowl of wonton soup. Service was swift as they were on my table in less than ten minutes.

What made me fall in love with Mie Encek is its savoury thin noodles with its immaculate texture – slightly chewy and not too tender. It is topped with a heap of flavoursome minced chicken meat. The wonton has a delicate exterior and is filled with tender and savoury minced chicken meat. Throw in some sambal into the bowl of noodles, and what you’ll get is the most flawless noodle dish you can ever find in Bandung.

Jl. Guntur No. 24,
Bandung, West Java
T: 022 730 7519
Open daily from 7am-5pm
Rp.30,000/US$2.20 per person

A die-hard fan of authentic Indonesian delights who loves the idea of travelling to the cradle of those enticing local treats. Yet, you might often find this young lad busy with his guitar – be it alone in his room or, sometimes, on stage.


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