If you happen to be a fan of bakmi or mie (noodles), you may have heard of Tirta Lie.
Dubbed Jakarta’s noodle expert, Tirta kicked off his bakmi adventure in 2011 when he visited a myriad of noodle places for breakfast after cycling.
Tirta then recorded his journey on a blog and slowly caught the attention of fellow noodle lovers. One of his stories about food is Bakmi Mipolo.
Bakmi Mipolo in Kelapa Gading shopping mall, North Jakarta.
Established in 2016, the small noodle joint is actually a part of Yen Pao, a famous bakpao (Chinese buns) seller.
Tirta said that Bakmi Mipolo was the only halal noodle place on the 2018 Tirta Lie’s Five Stars award list.
“They have also acquired the MUI Halal Certification,” added Tirta.
Without further ado, we tried the restaurant’s signature noodles, namely bakmi original, bakmi pedas (spicy) and bakmi yamien (noodles in sweet sauce) and were impressed upon discovering that it had ramen-like texture.
“The secret lies in the bakpao,” said Tirta.
Since the family has been producing bakpao for years, they know exactly the right flour and water formula.
Chandra, the owner of Bakmi Mipolo, said, “It’s influenced by yakisoba or dry ramen.”
The texture was not the only thing that stole our hearts.
Bakmi Mipolo also adds other secret ingredients in each dish, such as cakalang (Manadonese diced tuna mixed with spices) for the spicy noodles and mushroom sauce for bakmi yamien, resulting in tantalizing unique flavors.