I’ve never been a huge fan of Mie Aceh (Aceh stir-fried noodles) – until my last trip to Aceh where I had a go at Mie Ayah, that is.
As a new fan of the dish, my friends spoke favourably of Mie Aceh Titi Bobrok before I flew to Medan. An establishment that has been around since 1996, it used to be a small stall next to a titi bobrok (a decrepit bridge) – hence the name. Its tasty home-cooked noodles earned rave reviews and captured the hearts of many, leading to its owners opening a two-storey shop.
To satisfy my craving for Mie Aceh, I heeded my buddies’ wise words and set off to the eatery on a Sunday afternoon. It was packed to the gills. I went upstairs only to find about a hundred people crowding the dining area. After a two-minute wait, I finally got myself a table.
Since it was a full house, I found it difficult to get the waitresses’ attention. When one finally approached me, I hurriedly placed my order and fortunately, the food came swiftly afterwards too – my Mie Aceh Kuah arrived on my table within 15 minutes.
As I stirred the noodles, I could smell the pleasing aromas of cardamom, cumin, and turmeric emanating from the gravy. The noodles were thick but it easily blended well with the spices, delivering a potpourri of spicy and savoury flavours. This is one Mie Aceh spot that you have to pay a visit to if you’re in Medan.
Jl. Setia Budi, No. 17C,
Medan, North Sumatra
T: 061 7780 9267
Open daily from 11am-10pm except Friday
Rp.35,000/US$2.70 per person