There was a time when I used to work and live nearby Jalan Jendral Sudirman, one of the busiest business districts in Jakarta. I forgot when and who took me first for an early dinner with a bowl of mie ayam. I guess it was because of an office gossip about a certain hawker that sells delicious mie ayam right across the street and I did enjoy it a lot when the gossip furthermore unveiled itself to become a clear truth!
Since then, it’s pretty much a routine trip there after my office hours with my wife. Well, at least until I started to become a full-time journo and live quite far from there. Mie Ayam Yono’s appearance is actually like other mie ayam hawkers you often encounter anywhere – a stall made from wooden panels set horizontally with a sign that tells everyone that it sells mie ayam, serves it with meatballs or dumplings, and so on. While the real difference is actually the taste, although the composition would revolve somewhere around yellow noodle, cooking oil, soy sauce, and of course, MSG. Afterwards, seasoned and spiced diced chicken alongside other mystery ingredients will be poured upon the noodles, hence the term mie ayam.
Taste-wise, I favor Mie Ayam Yono over many other side street hawkers, although I must warn you of other consequences. Since Mie Ayam Yono and the rest of his comrades are regularly stationed on the side of a really busy street, that means the air quality around where you sit to enjoy your evening meal will be polluted heavily and there’s no doubt that many will stick on the food. So basically, I posted this article because of my sentimental side and that the whole health issues never really inflicted me seriously – although it may if I keep continue eating there on daily basis.
I guess I should bring this up to show that TGA also concerns with health issues. I mean, you should too and sooner would be better, right?
So, to avoid these places would be wise, however there may be a time when you’re hungry enough to stop by and have it your way once in a while, or if you just simply curious? Hopefully it won’t hurt to do it like only once to see why I say that it’s different than the rest! 😀
MIE AYAM YONO
Halalness to be confirmed
Unsuitable for vegetarians
Address: In front of Chase Plaza building, Jalan Jend. Sudirman Kav. 21, Jakarta – Indonesia
Opening hours: Everyday, around 5 pm – finish
Spend: IDR 10,000 / bowl