“It came with a piece of chicken, and as expected, the noodles were cooked to perfection – neither too dry nor too soft. The soup itself was enough to satisfy my palate, thanks to its rich chicken flavour.“
The journey that I had to undertake to reach Bakmi Jawa Mbah Mo merits another article for itself, but unfortunately, this is not exactly a travel piece, so let’s leave it at that. Founded in 1986, the place is situated within a village in Code, Bantul in Yogyakarta. Opening its doors at 5pm on a daily basis, it would usually get really packed when night falls. I arrived just after the sun had gone down. With limited lighting available along the way, it became a struggle in itself to get there as I could barely see the road that we had to make our way through. The paddy fields that make up the bulk of its surrounding amplified the creepiness factor to the atmosphere. Fortunately, my trustworthy driver made sure the journey didn’t end up with the next day’s paper featuring a headline that says “Good Indonesian Food Editor Found Dead in Bushes”.
Despite its location, Bakmi Jawa Mbah Mo definitely left a mark in both my heart and tummy. I overheard a conversation from my fellow punters that it would usually take around two hours to get one’s hand on its Bakmi, so when my Bakmi Godog Istimewa (Javanese noodles soup) arrived in a flash not long after I got there, I just couldn’t stop counting my blessings. It came with a piece of chicken, and as expected, the noodles were cooked to perfection – neither too dry nor too soft. The soup itself was enough to satisfy my palate, thanks to its rich chicken flavour.
After my meal, I engaged in a bit of a small talk with its staff after not wanting to disturb Mbah Mo who I could see was enjoying herself watching the telly. According to them, Mbah Mo continued the business after her husband passed away. She never had any plans to expand and open a branch, which proves that the Bakmi Jawa Mbah Mo that you can find in Jakarta is a pathetic pretender that stole her name.
Via Jalan Parangtritis, Mading, Bantul
Yogyakarta, Central Java
T: 0274 748 6979/ 0815 4855 7743
Open daily from 5pm-11pm
Rp.20,000/US$1.50 per portion