Bangka: Mie Awen


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.

mie awen

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,
Pangkal Pinang
Open daily from 9am-2pm
Rp.15,000/US$1.15 per portion


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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