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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!