Bakmi Aheng: Unresolved Mysteries

As one of my favourite noodles in Jakarta, Bakmi Aheng in Taman Ratu area holds several mysteries. Firstly, its banner says Bakmi Aheng “Mangga Besar” but I can’t ever find their Mangga Besar outlet. Secondly, its chewy texture as well as its succulent breast chicken topping have always been successful in attracting me to patronise it every time I come home to Jakarta.

A Humble Family Establishment

When I visited Aheng on December 8th, 2016, not much has changed. I was greeted warmly by the uncles and aunties who are running this humble family establishment. After ordering a big bowl of noodle with breast chicken topping and meatballs, I sat down and prepared my camera.

Unlike the big names such as Bakmi Gajah Mada and Bintang Gading which have numerous air-conditioned outlets, Aheng’s sole outlet is a humble roadside establishment. It has just 4 tables with 4 chairs each. There is a small dessert stall which never opens (another mystery yet to be solved).

Bakmi Aheng (side view of the store)

No aircon (obviously)


Bakmi Aheng (kitchen view)

A small, simple kitchen

Bakmi Aheng: Mysteriously Irresistible

After waiting for around 10 minutes, my noodle finally came. However, as a good food photographer, I must be able to resist my temptation even longer.

If you read my Soi 19 Wanton Mee review, you’ll know that I prefer dry noodles which are tossed with a moderate amount of oil. Aheng suits me perfectly; neither oil nor soy sauce are tossed excessively. So, you can imagine how hard it was for me to resist my temptations for another 10 minutes to take photos.

Bakmi Aheng

I was lucky that the sun was shining brightly on that day; good lighting is a photographer’s best friend.


Bakmi Aheng

It’s difficult for me to focus and take nice photos on that day. It’s even more difficult for me to focus and write a nice story while keep looking at these mouth-watering photos.

Aheng’s succulent breast chicken topping, excellent broth, and chewy texture are simply irresistible. It also sells honey char siew and roasted pork which aren’t bad. But, most importantly, it has a consistent taste.

As usual, I urge you to take my review with a pinch of salt, especially if you don’t like chewy noodles. However, even if you can’t make Aheng as your favourite noodle, I can guarantee that you’ll enjoy it.

Please share your thoughts and other places that I should try. For a map consisting of location  of noodles in Jakarta that I’ve reviewed, click here.