So many good foods in Bangka, so little time. Overall, I had such a wonderful experience there – an experience that became even more cherished after I gave the local Mie Bangka (Bangka dry noodles) a go. Now, Mie Akau may not serve the best Mie Bangka in town, but it was the first that I paid a visit to and it gave a nice introduction to what lay ahead for me.
Kampung Bintang is renowned for being home to some of the best eateries in Pangkal Pinang, nay the whole of Bangka. And this administrative village is where Mie Akau has been located since 2004 after previously leading a nomadic business for the last 40 years.
“Hi! Please come inside and have a seat!” greets the middle-aged lady at the counter with much enthusiasm as soon as I reached the anterior of the shop. Despite her clear instructions, I showcased the rebel in me and went over to the counter to place my order of dry noodles with wonton soup instead. “Do you want anything else in your wonton soup?” she inquires while pointing to a selection of side dishes on display, to which I responded by asking for some fish balls, prawn cakes, and a couple of pork meatballs.
The dry noodles came with minced pork meat slices, bean sprouts, garden-fresh leek slices, and fried shallots. Slightly brownish in colour – I assume it’s the result of some added soy sauce – the noodles featured a salty-and-sweet trace that glided through my taste buds and featured a heavenly chewy and thick texture. The minced pork were well seasoned, and the overall concoction provided a pleasant curtain-raiser to my culinary adventure in Bangka.
Jl. Kampung Bintang,
Open Monday-Saturday from 9am-1pm and 3pm-10pm
Rp.25,000/US$1.90 per person