“After a few bites, I realised that Bapak Yunus is basically serving Mie Ayam Abang-Abang.”
If there’s one type of food that I just can’t resist, it’s Mie Ayam (chicken noodles). Whether it’s Mie Ayam Abang-Abang (chicken noodles that are sold by hawkers with a cart), Chinese-style Bakmi (noodles with minced pork or chicken) or Mie Ayam Rica (chicken noodles with spicy sauce), I’ll eat them all.
Naturally, I was brimming with excitement with the prospect of trying out Mie Ayam Bakso Yunus, which has been around since 1967. Located right next to Pasar Tebet, Bapak Yunus used to conduct his trade using a cart, before he managed to get a permanent outlet as the popularity of his noodles swelled.
When I got there at lunchtime, the place was packed with customers. I had to sit shoulder to shoulder beside strangers. With no air conditioner, things were getting a wee bit hot inside. Nevertheless, it still didn’t stop me from sampling its Mie Ayam and Bakso (meatballs). Despite the busy environs, the staffs were still very attentive. In less than five minutes, my order had arrived.
I straightaway grabbed a pair of chopsticks and proceeded to stuff my face with the noodles. After a few bites, I realised that Bapak Yunus is basically serving Mie Ayam Abang-Abang, especially with the presence of thinly sliced chicken with soy sauce on top of the noodles. The chewy noodles, along with the salty and savoury chicken and the Bakso, resulted in a very delicious dish. It was a satisfying dining experience, and I could see why local celebrities such as Krisdayanti are so crazy about Mie Ayam Bakso Yunus.
By Jessicha Valentina
Jl. Tebet Barat Dalam VIIID, No. 1,
Next to Pasar Tebet, South Jakarta
T: 021 7094 5363
Open daily from 9am-8.30pm