Jakarta Food Journey – Hidden Gem at Kemurnian

Good News: Contains Pork

A dear friend sent me a picture couple of weeks ago. She noted: one of the best noodles in Jakarta.  Her taste of good food never fail me, and doesn’t take me long to finally decide to look for this so called “best” noodle.

Down the bustling road of “Kota” area, in northwesternly part of Jakarta, hidden in between the alleyways of Jalan Kemurnian IV.

There are several noodle vendor along the small road. The infamous Bakmi Gang Mangga and Bakmi Kemurnian are both also located in the vicinity. But you’re looking for Bakmi Swekiau Aseng.

Quite small stall compared to others in the area (around 15 seats), the establishment is decorated in traditional Chinese ornaments and wall hangings. For me, sitting there sent me back to my childhood, a memory of old-fashioned Chinese eatery.


They don’t have any menu list offered to you. I asked straight for their Swekiau Noodle. My friend suggested me to ask for siomak instead of caisim as the vegetable to accompany my noodle. Not sure what’s the difference, but I’m here for the noodle, not for the vegetable.

Standard condiments are offered, such as vinegar, soy sauce, white pepper  and two types of chili sauce.


First bite. No contest. This is the best noodle I’ve ever had during my 6-years in Jakarta. The noodle is chewy and perfectly cooked to my liking, and the swekiau was amazing. 97 thousand rupiah for three portions of this hearty meal, and two glasses of liang teh for drink, it’s all worth it.

I will keep exploring Jakarta’s best noodle –  although I might still rely on Abby’s recommendation. But for now Aseng is the man!

A quick direction if you want to go there (see map):
– If you’re coming from Sudirman/Harmoni, take the first left after Novotel Hayam Wuruk. Street quite narrow, be careful. (if you’re coming from other side of Jakarta, make some effort and follow my direction).
– Go straight ahead, you’ll find a branch  take the right hand side road.
– Continue straight, don’t take any turn and you will see “Bakmi Swekiau Aseng” on the corner of the street.


Oh, and the best thing is, this place is open 24-hours.

Thanks to Fiona for joining me, and thank you Abigail for the recommendation!


Reflection – 2014

Despite the ups and downs of 2014, I will have to say that this year has been very kind to me. In Chinese calendar, 2014 is the year of the horse — many people predicted that it is not good year for people born under the Rat sign (ME!).

Well, again it is all a matter of how you see things, right? Looking back through my 2014 journey, I am thankful that I am reminded about this one important thing:

I am responsible for my own happiness

In the period of June – August 2014, I initiated a small project on Instagram (@jharibowo), it is called #the80days project. This project is actually about me, trying to define what happiness means to me.

The goal is to capture 1 thing that makes me happy, everyday for 80 days.
After 80 days, I realized, that happiness for me is being with the people that means a lot to me. Being happy means giving my best to the people that I really care about.

However, during this course, I also learned that happiness is a two-way street.

So, thank you for all the people that took part in my 80 days project – without you realizing, you were helping me what happiness is really all about.

It’s now less than 30 minutes to 2015 (GMT +0700). I’d also like to send my thoughts and prayers to anyone who are impacted by the #QZ8501 incident. The tragic incident that shook Indonesia and the transportation industry at the end of 2014. Kyrie eleison.

See you in 2015.


Domine, non sum dignus.

Domine, non sum dignus, ut intres sub tectum meum: sed tantum dic verbo, et sanabitur anima mea.


No one to blame..

The blame is on me..


Relationship matter…

Relationships take work. Sharing your life and home with another human being can be downright infuriating sometimes. If you can’t handle one another at your worst, it’s not worth sticking together for when you’re at your best.

From somewhere in reddit.


What were you thinking?

Bundaran HI? Seriously?


When everything suddenly makes sense..

When you like someone, have you ever felt that everything she said suddenly makes sense to you?

Is this called compromising? Or just simply you are letting your guard down and let feelings take over?


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