Having Mie Koba (Koba noodles) as part of one’s breakfast menu is nothing out of the ordinary for the good people of Bangka, and this is partly the reason why Mie Koba Iskandar gets so many customers every day. The dish itself originated from a township called Koba in the Bangka Tengah regency – hence its name.
I stopped by at the much-loved joint’s outlet on Jalan Balai in Pangkal Pinang at around 8.30am. Although it was quite capacious in size, the place was still quite packed for breakfast. And no menu was provided, which left me rather flummoxed.
I didn’t stay perplexed for long though; as a waiter came around a couple of minutes later with a plate of Mie Koba. It turns out that as it’s the only dish that they serve, one only needs to sit and wait for the eatery’s signature dish to be delivered. I asked for a glass of iced tea to go with my noodles, while a basket filled with hard-boiled eggs could be seen on every table and is meant to complement the Mie Koba.
Aesthetically, there’s not much to shout about as the dish only consists of noodles garnished with a considerable amount of fried shallots and accompanied by a brownish-coloured soup. I submerged a peeled boiled egg into the concoction first before proceeding to tuck into my first meal of the day. The home-made noodles were silky smooth, whilst the soup – made from mackerel – was slightly dense, had a sweet aftertaste, and featured no fishlike stench.
Prepared to perfection, the Mie Koba here is portioned heartily for breakfast and will lend you a sufficient amount of energy to explore the island for the rest of the day.
Jl. Balai No. 83,
Open daily from 8am-10pm
Rp.20,000/US$1.50 per person