Going for Something Bold? Try MIE ACEH LOBSTER.

You know the phrase ‘A picture’s worth a thousand words’ right? Tell me how much you see from this pic on the right:

(credit borrowed from Mas Bayu Amus, although I’m sure the pic was from @MieAcehMANGAT instead because he said he never actually tried it at the time the post was published :D) 

Yes, it's MIE ACEH LOBSTER from MIE ACEH MANGAT, a new Acehnese restaurant located strategically at Jl. Bangka Raya No.30 Kemang.

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How good does it sounds? Sounds very very appetizing to me. Mie Aceh Mangat claims to be the first ever Mie Aceh that is bold enough to innovate and break the tradition by adding ‘premium’ ingredients such Lobster and Salmon in its recipe. And I knew I wouldn’t miss it for the world, so on a Monday night I went there to find out.

Located right next to Klinik Esti.

The main banner in front.

Funky interior; splashed wall-painting.

Meet the owner of Mie Aceh Mangat, Ijar, a humble young man with a very inspiring life story.

Meet the owner of Mie Aceh Mangat, Ijar, a humble young man with a very inspiring life story.

Great quote! (click to zoom)

Ice Tea Tarik - IDR 14k

Menu 1 (click to zoom)

Menu 2 (click to zoom)

Mie Aceh, a spicy noodle dish from Aceh that uses thick yellow noodle cooked with bold curry-like spices, is usually served either dry (mie goreng), half-soupy (mie goreng basah/nyemek), or soupy (mie kuah). The original recipe from Acehnese people usually use beef, goat meat, or common seafood item such as prawn. And the addition of lobster just intrigues me because if you haven’t notice, lately affordable lobster is quite happening here in Jakarta, pioneered by Loobie Lobster.

A meal of Mie Aceh with full-sized lobster will cost you around IDR 79k, and half-lobster for IDR 49k. They’re supposed to use marine Lobster (sea lobster) which is much bigger in size and has a sweeter flesh, but too bad on my first visit there, they weren’t available. So instead of one HUGE marine lobster as seen on the advertorial pic above, they used 3 (three) medium-sized crayfish/freshwater lobsters instead! Still, a really good deal for me.

Crayfish or freshwater lobsters (lobster air tawar). The owner, Ijar, said that those crayfish are supplied from Bandung, while the (supposedly available) huge marine lobsters are going to be flown directly from Aceh. It's only going to be available by next week, so I guess there'll definitely be a second visit for me!

Crayfish or freshwater lobsters (lobster air tawar). The owner, Ijar, said that those crayfish are supplied from Bandung, while the (supposedly available) huge marine lobsters are going to be flown directly from Aceh. It's only going to be available by next week, so I guess there'll definitely be a second visit for me!

Mie Aceh Lobster (full) – IDR 79k. Well this one’s supposed to be called Mie Aceh Crayfish instead because at that time they were running out of the marine Lobster... but oh well, they gave 3 generous crayfish so I'm good! Flavor-wise, wow, the thick curry-like sauce made of lobster broth + bold spices, blends really well with the savory meat and yellow noodle. And the addition of crunchy vegetables such as beansprouts and small chunks of cauliflowers adds a bit sweetness to it. DELICIOUS!

Mie Aceh Lobster (full) – IDR 79k. Well this one’s supposed to be called Mie Aceh Crayfish instead because at that time they were running out of the marine Lobster... but oh well, they gave 3 generous crayfish so I'm good! Flavor-wise, wow, the thick curry-like sauce made of lobster broth + bold spices, blends really well with the savory meat and yellow noodle. And the addition of crunchy vegetables such as beansprouts and small chunks of cauliflowers adds a bit sweetness to it. DELICIOUS!

Mie Aceh Salmon - IDR 39k. My first ever mie aceh using salmon, haha. Honestly, it was like eating a salmon yaki-udon but instead of doing it the Japanese way (using shoyu & sweet teriyaki sauce), this one's using bold curry flavor coming from exotic spices such as cardamom and cumin. The flavor's coming not as strong as the lobster one, and I did give feedback to them that the fishy smell still lingers so they might need to marinate it with lemon first before cooking.

Mie Aceh Salmon - IDR 39k. My first ever mie aceh using salmon, haha. Honestly, it was like eating a salmon yaki-udon but instead of doing it the Japanese way (using shoyu & sweet teriyaki sauce), this one's using bold curry flavor coming from exotic spices such as cardamom and cumin. The flavor's coming not as strong as the lobster one, and I did give feedback to them that the fishy smell still lingers so they might need to marinate it with lemon first before cooking.

Preparing the Mie Aceh.

Preparing the Mie Aceh.

Preparing Martabak Aceh.

Preparing Martabak Aceh.

Martabak Aceh with minced meat, in the making. That night I learned how Martabak Aceh differs from the martabak we've commonly seen in street-food vendors. Martabak Aceh has strong influence from Thai/Vietnam's "martabak", with the martabak dough being 'trapped' between the egg mixture. Means that the egg mixture is poured on top of the dough, then flipped over, and being poured again so somehow it looks more like an omelette.

Martabak Aceh with minced meat, in the making. That night I learned how Martabak Aceh differs from the martabak we've commonly seen in street-food vendors. Martabak Aceh has strong influence from Thai/Vietnam's "martabak", with the martabak dough being 'trapped' between the egg mixture. Means that the egg mixture is poured on top of the dough, then flipped over, and being poured again so somehow it looks more like an omelette.

Martabak Aceh Daging IDR 19k. Served with a small bowl of light Acehnese curry for you to dip in. Very tasty!

Martabak Aceh Daging IDR 19k. Served with a small bowl of light Acehnese curry for you to dip in. Very tasty!

Overall it was a great pleasure for me to have my first ever Mie Aceh Salmon & Mie Aceh Lobster (err..crayfish, this time) - well this just means that I have to go back here for the original marine lobster version, and I heard it’s coming here next week! But if you’re craving for MIE ACEH CRAYFISH you know you can have it from now on. Hop on to Kemang and satisfy those curiosity :)

Cheers,

Mie Aceh Mangat
Jl. Bangka Raya No.30 Kemang, South Jakarta
Opening hours: 11.00 - 14.00 and then 17.00 - 23.00 (except Friday from 16.00 - 23.00)
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Twitter: @MieAcehMANGAT | Facebook: Mie Aceh Mangat