Savoring Indonesian Delights: 10 Most Popular Noodle Dishes

Senin, 14 Agustus 2023 - 00:25 | 106.53k
The tempting look of mie ayam. (Photo: Tyasindayanti/Freepik)
The tempting look of mie ayam. (Photo: Tyasindayanti/Freepik)

TIMESINDONESIA, JAKARTANoodles, in their diverse shapes and flavors, have become an essential part of Indonesian cuisine. From the western tip of Sumatra to the far eastern region of Papua, every locality has its unique way of serving noodles that tantalize the taste buds. Here are ten of the most popular noodle dishes found across the archipelago:

1. Chicken Noodles (Mie Ayam)

Nothing can surpass the delicious simplicity of chicken noodles. This dish combines delicious noodles, tender chicken pieces, and a flavorful broth. Typically garnished with green onions, celery, fried shallots, and peanut sauce, each chicken noodle stall adds its own special touch and secret recipe.

2. Bakmi

Bakmi is a broader and longer type of noodle, often used in dishes such as Bakmi Jawa (Javanese Noodles), Bakmi Goreng (Fried Noodles), or Bakmi Pangsit (Noodles with Wontons). Each variant has a unique taste, accompanied by different toppings and condiments, depending on the region.

3. Fried Noodles (Mie Goreng)

Mie Goreng is a favorite all over Indonesia. Noodles are boiled, then stir-fried with rich seasonings, and topped with vegetables, eggs, meat, and sometimes seafood. The flavor of Mie Goreng can range from spicy to sweet, depending on the chosen spices. It's a versatile dish that can be customized to suit personal tastes.

4. Aceh Noodles (Mie Aceh)

The richness of Sumatra's spices makes Mie Aceh a unique and flavorful dish. Using yellow noodles, Mie Aceh is served with a thick, spicy broth infused with distinctive local spices. The dish is typically loaded with chicken, seafood, vegetables, and often a boiled egg, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

5. Koclok Noodles (Mie Koclok)

Mie Koclok is a unique and delicious dish from Cirebon. It features yellow noodles served with a thick, savory broth. Toppings include small pieces of chicken, eggs, green onions, fried shallots, and perkedel (potato patties). The thick broth is the key to the special flavor of Mie Koclok.

6. Sticky Noodles (Mie Lendir)

Mie Lendir, also known  a unique and delectable dish from Riau. This noodle has a stickier and "slimy" texture that sets it apart. It's served with a thick broth and various toppings such as meat, seafood, vegetables, and spices, creating a distinct taste experience.

7. Bangka Noodles (Mie Bangka)

Bangka Noodles are a specialty from Bangka Island, known for their delightful and unique taste. The noodles used in Mie Bangka are flat and are served with a flavorful broth. The hallmark of this dish is the use of processed fish, such as mackerel or Spanish mackerel, which gives it a distinct maritime flavor.

8. Belitung Noodles (Mie Belitung)

The beautiful island of Belitung also has its own special noodle dish known as Mie Belitung. The noodles used are long and chewy, served with a delicious broth. The signature topping in Mie Belitung is anchovies, which add a savory Belitung touch to the dish.

9. Gomak Noodles (Mie Gomak)

Hailing from North Sumatra, specifically from the Batak people, Mie Gomak is a rich and slightly spicy noodle dish. It's served with a creamy coconut milk-based broth, loaded with meat, vegetables, and the signature Batak spices. The unique blend of flavors creates a hearty and delicious dish.

10. Papua Noodles (Mie Papua)

Papua offers its own twist on noodles. Papua Noodles are often made from local ingredients like root vegetables. They are served with a variety of toppings, including vegetables, meat, and seafood, creating a delicious and unique dish that reflects the flavors of Papua.

From these ten new noodle varieties to the previously mentioned ones, noodles remain an essential part of Indonesia's culinary wealth that must be savored. Each noodle variant tells a story, offering unique flavors and showcasing the diverse cuisine of Indonesia. For food enthusiasts, exploring these various noodle dishes is a perfect way to experience the delectable delights of Nusantara. (*)

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Editor : Khodijah Siti
Publisher : Sholihin Nur


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