“What I discovered from my meal was that the eatery uses home-made noodles for the two dishes that I sampled, which is always a good thing.“
With its reputation for being a culinary utopia just outside of Jakarta, Bogor became my next destination in my quest to discover long-established eateries in the country. It took me about an hour’s worth of driving from Jakarta before I arrived at Restoran Kencana – an establishment that’s been around for quite a while and is renowned for its amazing Chinese dishes.
Located on Jalan Surya Kencana, the restaurant was founded in late 1979. Coloured red inside out and decorated with red Chinese lanterns, its interior is adorned with many framed vintage snapshots of Bogor from the good ole days.
After being recommended by one of its staff, I ordered its signature Loh Mie, or Mie Kangkung (water spinach noodles) to the locals. It was pretty huge in portion, and comprises noodles, water spinach, bean sprouts, fish balls, fish cakes, bakso (meatball), prawn, and pork chunks. It tastes a bit on the sweet side, so you might want to thrown in some kaffir lime into the broth to freshen up its flavour while also making it taste fresher in the process.
Another dish that I tried while there was its Bakmie Ayam. As with your run-of-the-mill Bakmie Ayam, this one consists of noodles and chicken chunks, along with some bakso(meatballs) that are served in a separate bowl. You can also get some pangsit (fried wontons) or kerupuk udang (shrimp crackers) to go along with your Bakmie Ayam by grabbing them from a cabinet that’s located opposite of the cashier counter.
What I discovered from my meal was that the eatery uses home-made noodles for the two dishes that I sampled, which is always a good thing. The noodles are chewy and fibrous, and in my opinion, they are what make Restoran Kencana so special.
Jl. Surya Kencana No. 143
Central Bogor, West Java
Tuesday-Friday open from 10am-8.30pm
Saturday-Sunday open from 8am-8.30pm
Close on Monday
Rp.50,000/US$3.60 per person