“What makes it stand head and shoulders above others is its zesty chicken broth and the chewy texture of its home-made noodles.”
Noodles-based dishes are pretty much a staple of the Indonesian cuisine, and Jakarta has them by the dozen – you name it, we got it. With the saturated noodles business leaving food lovers confounded as to where to go and which to eat, it’s a good thing that we’re around to give you suggestions. This time around, we take a look at Mie Ayam Gondangdia, which was established in 1968. A huge crowd favourite for many years, the joint has been bestowed the nickname Mie Ayam Godila by its regulars, with Godila short for Gondangdia Lama, which refers to its location on Jalan Gondangdia Lama.
However, during the tail-end of 2014, the shop was razed down by an inferno. It took them a month to get back on their feet again, and in January 2015, they opened up a new outlet on Jalan Cikini IV. One of their employees told me that once renovations are complete, they would be making a return to Jalan Gondangdia Lama, where it is planned to be situated besides Nasi Uduk Gondangdia. “Once the authorities give us the green light, the rebuilding process could start right away,” she says.
Mie Ayam Gondangdia actually has three outlets in total: one on Jalan Barito, another in Artha Gading Mall, and the current temporary Cikini branch. We visited the latter not too long ago, and the flavourful taste of its Mie Ayam still lingers on my palate and in my mind. It is that delicious. There’s not much to differentiate the contents of Mie Ayam Gondangdia’s signature dish and its equivalents – it comprises noodles, small chunks of chicken, and green mustard, served with a bowl of Bakso and fried wonton – yet what makes it stand head and shoulders above others is its zesty chicken broth and the chewy texture of its home-made noodles. Your life will never be the same once you give this delightful treat a go.
Jl. Cikini IV, No. 12A,
Open daily from 10am to 9pm
Rp.36,000/US$2.70 per person