Still on the edition of "delicious street foods" from #designerdoyanmakan, here I would like to share my dining experience about a unique dish.
So this all started out as I was invited to try this dish. The dish was "bakmi karet". You might wonder what is "bakmi karet"? So this is a kind of noodle with chewy texture, most likely resembling rubber, with a much bigger size than the regular noodles.
I found myself again that morning, roaming the streets of Jakarta, to have a bite of this unique noodles at Bakmi Ayam Karet Krekot.
The owner was really friendly. He was also the cook. And he let me saw the whole cooking processes that day, and I did ask a lot of questions in which he happily answered.
He even let me try to cooked the noodles in a quite hectic and crowded customers packing the "warung makan" that day. A great experience. You can see in the last picture above, the bowl in the end was my cooking, lol.
Anyway, this place only sells noodles. But it's always packed with customers. I even noticed some customers came in a quite fancy car, just to have noodles here. Is it that good? Well, now it's time to try.
Bakmi Ayam Karet (satu setengah porsi) - Rp. 37.000.
You can order the noodles to be cooked half-done or well done. It determines how much chewy and rubbery the noodles will become. This one in a one and a half portion was the one that cooked well done.
The noodles came with a bowl of chicken stock soup. The soup was excellent. A perfect and fine taste of chicken stock. The aroma was so appetizing. My suggestion is you should mix the soup with the chopped scallions available on the table. It's gonna be extra delicious.
The noodles itself had a nice rubbery texture as I expected. This dish is actually pretty simple, just plain rubbery noodles topped with minced chicken. What made it awesome was the taste. It's really exquisite. It had a delicious flavor and aroma. Just another tip, eat it while it's still hot, because it's much more delicious and the aroma is much more stronger when it's still hot.
Bakmi Ayam Karet (setengah matang) - Rp. 27.000.
I was pretty curious to try the noodles that were cooked half-done, since I saw quite a lot of people ordering it. So I decided to order a portion of the half-done cooked noodles.
This noodle felt a bit hard to chew since it's not cooked thoroughly done. But actually it's kinda tasty to eat, and the half-chewy texture was actually a nice sensation to bite on.
Wouldn't recommend it if you don't have a strong teeth tough.
Bakso Babi Goreng - Rp. 4.000/each.
BTW, you can also find some side dishes that you can eat as snacks or even you can mix it with the noodles. I tried some of them. This one is the fried pork meatball.
So excited that the price tag for the meatball was sooo affordable, and the size was actually quite big too. A good deal, right?
The meatball was sooo savory and delicious. The texture was crispy outside and soft inside with a tasty flavor coming from the pork. Do try this. Recommended.
Cakwe - Rp. 3.000/each.
The perfect side dish to be mixed with the noodles has got to be cakwe. The cakwe here is homemade, with really densed filling, crunchy and crispy layer of skin outside.
I dipped the cakwe inside the noodle soup, and it tasted heavenly.
Teh Tawar - Rp. 2.000.
Usually I don't want to talk much about plain tea, since it tasted pretty much the same everywhere. But the one I tried here was really good. The tea had a distinctive flavor. Quite strong, but it didn't go bitter. Personally for my palate, I loved this tea.
Overall conclusion, a great place that sells unique yet delish noodles.
No wonder it's so packed with customers.
The food is good, the service is really nice and friendly. The only downside perhaps it's not quite spacious to hold many customers who wanted to eat. And this "warung" doesn't open until night, so you gotta come early before it is closed or running out on food.
But overall, this is a good spot to try another alternative kind of noodles.
Keep on chewing!
Bakmi Ayam Karet Krekot