Dear fellow tasters,
Noodle, introduced by the Chinese, has become somewhat a regular part of the diet for Indonesian and other world citizens. It can be found almost everywhere, in the form of plastic-wrapped instant noodle and traveling cart ‘mie ayam’ hawkers to the the fancy menu in snazzy restaurants and other culinary establishments. One of the popular Indonesian noodle dishes is bakmi or bakmie (literal origin from Hokkien words); there’s even a separate wikipedia article on it. And one place in Jakarta to enjoy a yummy bowl of bakmi is Bakmi Gang Kelinci which has been selling bakmi ayam since 1957. Gee, that was practically before I was born. The main restaurant nowadays has evolved from a mere pushcart on the street sidewalk in Pasar Baru area to a huge spacious air-conned place, but still on the famous Gang Kelinci (literally translated as ‘Rabbit Alley’). They have also opened several branches around Jakarta, mostly in shopping centers.
Well, enough on blabbering about the background and history. One afternoon, I happened to stroll around Pasar Baru area with two other guys and we ended up at Bakmi Gang Kelinci for lunch. I decided to try the locupan complete with pangsit baso (dumplings and beef balls) while my friends ordered the specialty bakmi ayam or chicken noodle. I also ordered a portion of baso goreng udang (fried shrimp balls) for us to share. Locupan is some kind of noodle but shorter, thicker and rounder and made of rice flour instead of wheat flour. The locupan tasted pretty delicious. I especially liked the generous chicken and mushroom toppings and the tasty bouncy beef balls. The baso goreng was also quite nice although I didn’t really like the sticky inside texture.
Enjoy your noodles!
The taster’s notes :
Favorite dish – the locupan pangsit baso
What to try next time – will try the regular bakmi ayam or other Chinese cuisines
Damage around 40k/pax