As I expected beforehand, I stumbled upon quite a number of noodle joints while I was in Medan. It led me to predict prior to my departure that a) I will obviously gain a few kilograms, and b) I will be overdosing on flour and be left traumatised by noodles for a long time after this trip. In the end, only the former proved to be spot on. As for my relationship with noodles, I came back home with a craving for more instead.
Each establishment that I came across actually offered very different sorts of noodles. However, the most memorable out of all was Mie Tiong Sim, which was founded in 1933 and is one of the longest serving noodle shops in town. Located near Medan’s culinary hotspot Jalan Selat Panjang on Jalan Bogor, I managed to sample its signature dish and I can tell you now that it is a beauty.
Needing only less than ten minutes to prepare, the dish is topped with shredded chicken meat and char siew (barbeque pork) that complemented the thin hand-made noodles well. Their sweet and savoury flavours enhanced the overall taste of the delicate noodles, which were served in pork broth. It also had dumplings in it, and while they were small in size, their delicious meat filling blended well with the soup.
While the noodles pleased me no end, the service had quite the opposite effect. The waitresses were very unfriendly and were busy chatting amongst themselves the whole time I was there. If only they were a wee bit more attentive towards me, I would’ve planned a return sooner rather than later.
Jl. Bogor (near Jalan Semarang),
Medan, North Sumatra
Open daily from 7.30am-1am
Rp.35,000/US$2,60 per person