If time was not an issue, it would certainly be a given that one may attempt to make a stopover at every top-rated noodle joint in Pangkal Pinang and have a go at each one of their dishes. However, unless you have the superhuman power to stop the hands of time – and a black hole-like stomach – this is unfortunately an impossible feat. Thus there is a need to cherry-pick your way through the herd and not regret your decision afterwards. Thankfully, the locals are there to help you make up your mind, which they did for me while I was there. Their number one choice is Mie Awen – the purveyor of “the best noodles in Indonesia”, as they say.
Its understated appearance may not strike you as a joint with such a reputation – it is housed in a garage within the Kampung Bintang area with only a pushcart as its kitchen and a capacity of about 15 customers – yet while the warung may not excel in aesthetics, it more than makes up for it with it has to offer.
The friendly owner treats punters with warmth and not a single menu can be seen on the tables. Starving to death, I didn’t even bother to inquire regarding the options available. I immediately asked for its signature dry noodles and the response of it being delivered to my table was a swift one.
Topped with minced pork meat, bean sprouts and leek slices, it sports a resemblance to those that are served at other eateries – apart from its noodles that are slightly darker in colour. The delight that I felt once it nestled on to my palate is difficult to express in words. Only “heavenly” could come close to describing it. It clearly reflects a flavour that has been cherished by many for the last 30 years and counting.
Jl. Kampung Bintang,
Open daily from 9am-2pm
Rp.15,000/US$1.15 per portion