West Sumatra is home to dishes that are made with coconut milk. This is evident from my observation during my short trip to Padang and Bukittinggi, where the majority of the dishes that I sampled were concocted using this very ingredient.
While in Bukittinggi, I drove around Pasar Atas in search of – you guessed it – local food. As I approached the city’s iconic Jembatan Limpapeh, an unassuming shop with a massive yellow hoarding that says “Mie Ayam Pangsit Bukit Apit” right next to it caught my eye. I immediately pulled over.
Established in 1989, this shop offers more than just Mie Ayam Pangsit (chicken noodles with wonton soup); it also has the likes of Bubur Ayam (chicken porridge), Lontong Sayur (steamed rice cake with vegetables), Bihun Goreng (fried vermicelli), and Bubur Kacang Hijau (mung bean porridge) on its menu.
The clock struck 8.30am as I ventured inside the place, and already there were quite a number of customers having their breakfast. It wasn’t too surprising, especially when most of the dishes present are Indonesian breakfast staples.
Since it is its signature dish, I opted for its Mie Ayam Pangsit. Noodles, fried chicken slices, Chinese mustard greens, and fried shallot made up the dish, with a zesty bowl of wonton soup served on the side. Sporting a similar appearance to the Mie Ayam that is commonly hawked by the roadside in Jakarta, its initial taste and texture were a tad on the generic side. The overall flavour, however, was satisfying enough; with the plain consistency of the wonton soup’s chicken broth complemented the savoury Mie Ayam perfectly.
After an almost-daily diet regime of dishes with coconut milk, it was a breath of fresh air for my taste buds.
Jl. Ahmad Yani,
Open daily from 6am-5pm (closed on Monday)
Rp.15,000/US$1.10 per person