The number of long-standing bakmi (noodles) eateries in Bandung is staggering, and it is what keeps me coming back to this city. One of them is Mie Naripan, which in my most humble opinion might just serve the best bakmi in town.
In the 50 years that it has been in business, the legendary bakmi joint has expanded its reach to Jakarta after they opened a branch in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. Having been named after its location – on Jalan Naripan – it attracts throngs of punters on almost a daily basis.
With that being said, I consider myself a very lucky man when I happened across a light crowd during my visit there. A waiter approached me as soon as I sat down and began to throw recommendations on what to order as he handed me the menu. I decided to heed his wise words and went for the Mie Kuah Bakso Sapi (noodles soup with meatballs).
In just less than five minutes, my soupy treat had arrived. The noodles looked well cooked, and once they nestled inside my mouth, I could feel their chewy texture and tasted its home-made flavour. The concoction consists of noodles, minced meat, lettuce, leek slices, and three pieces of meatballs – all dunked into a zesty bowl of chicken broth. Its savoury salty taste was other-worldly, although I was a tad confused with the heavily seasoned minced meat as I tried to determine whether it was pork or chicken. Either way, it was still sensational.
The only let-down was the bakso as it sported a very generic relish. However, apart from the disappointing meatballs, I reckon one portion of whatever noodles they dish out would make you fall in love with this place.
Jl. Naripan No. 108,
T: 022 423 5808
Open daily from 7.30am-10pm
Price: Rp.50,000/US$3.70 per person