Sunday, 24 April 2016

Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah

It was a fine holiday and we wanted to go somewhere.

We decided to go on a jalan-jalan cari makan (food hunt) expedition. A whole day return trip. So, off we went to Muar, Johor Bahru, heading for the Restoran Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah. A lot of blog reviews and comments claim that the Mee Bandung they have there is the best you can find.

After Subh prayer, we headed South from Kajang towards Johor. It was a smooth sailing drive. I guess it took us about three hours to reach the place. So, we were there about nine something in the morning. Perfect time for breakfast!

Upon arrival, we soon found out that the place was in the town of Muar. Since it was morning, parking wasn't that difficult to find. I find it strange that with so many people complimenting the founder's Mee Bandung on the web and TV, their shop still maintains at an intermediate shop lot. To park, you have to place a special coupon on the car's dashboard. They sell this coupon at the Municipal's office (also quite nearby from the shop but a few minutes walk).

Car park coupon. RM6 for 10 coupons.

Sample of a coupon.
Parking aside, let's move on to the restaurant. So, there it was, the exalted Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah restaurant. Flanked between two shops but one with many customers.

Upon its entrance, I didn't see any big signage saying "Mee Bandung" anywhere except that there was somebody preparing Mee Bandung. All I saw was a big "Wah San" with Chinese letters hung just above the entrance. For a moment, I thought I was at the wrong shop. Then I realised that the shop lot was shared between two people. The actual "Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah" signage was on the outer side of the shop.

The restaurant. Picture source: Tourism Johor.
Apparently, the restaurant shop lot is owned by a Chinese couple and they have mutually agreed with the Mee Bandung seller to do business together. They (the couple) prepared the drinks while the other business partner prepares the Mee Bandung. Beautiful, just beautiful! There is so much beauty in such cooperative efforts especially those that transcend beyond ethnicity - I love it!

Alright, folks. Now, about the Mee Bandung. Well, to be honest, I am not a Mee Bandung lover at heart. If I were to make a review about it, I think I would be lying all through the write-up. I recommend you guys to read up from other bloggers who have tasted it and approved its taste. From my own point of view, the Mee Bandung was generous in its egg, meat, and prawn portions. The kuah was thick - a bit sweet for me but you could always put limau kasturi to balance out the taste.

A deliciously mouth-watering image of the Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah.
Picture source: Cik Lily Putih.

Just before we left, they promoted Mee Bandung paste. It costs RM 10 per packet. My mother-in-law made Mee Bandung using the paste just yesterday, and it tastes the same! No need to add sugar. All you need to do is add the meat stuff into it. Instruction is given on top of the packet cover.

Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah paste.

That's all for now. Tune in next time for another blog entry of places in Malaysia. Hope to see you there!