Don’t skip mee bandung when you’re in Muar. I repeat. Never ever skip it. Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah in Muar got us so hooked after we tasted it, and its taste was not the only reason we love it.
It was CNY holiday and we were getting ready to return to KL. Annoyingly, all our favorite foods of Batu Pahat were closed despite it’s already 4th day of the festival. Light bulb went over CS’s head that he suggested we stop at Muar for lunch. “Should we try some mee bandung, hunny?”
Muar town’s holiday traffic was just as bad as Batu Pahat’s, but we navigated it anyway and successfully found a parking. Then the irritating problem– we need to buy some parking coupons. I left the task to CS and scooted off to Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah.
Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah was said to be the originator of mee bandung and still follows the hand-down recipe from decades ago. The decolorized signboard is easy to miss but look out for Wah San coffeeshop, where the famous mee bandung maintains their humble stall.
I got my seat easily and they were quick to serve. So, I ordered for two mee bandung (1 for me, 1 for CS) without hesitation. Another minute or so, I got my mee bandung but puzzled that they only gave me one bowl. Where’s the other?
The guy (owner’s son) explained that, to avoid the noodles from getting soggy and cold, they will serve the second bowl once CS Is here. I was impressed. With business as brisk as that, they still take the care to make sure each bowl of mee bandung is perfect; hot and freshly made.
I took my first bite.
Best Decision Ever Made!
The gravy was perfect for me, a remarkable combination of prawns, dried shrimps, spices and chilies. I didn’t even wait for CS, and just finished the whole bowl with gusto! It was so addictive.
When CS appeared, and asked how was the noodles, I could only hold a thumbs-up. Seconds later, he too, gobbled the noodles (and gravy) just as enthusiastically as me. For anyone who does not eat beef, you can tell them ahead to exclude beef.
Other than mee bandung, we caught whiff of their good-smelling mee goreng. Another stall that offers satay in the same premise looked tempting too. Regrettably, time wasn’t on our side and we decided to leave these for next time. I am sure our ‘next time’ won’t be too far away.
Mee Bandung Abu Bakar Hanipah Muar
Address: 69A, Jalan Abdullah, 84000 Muar, Johor.
Opening hours: around 7 am until late afternoon
Closed on Friday (based on my observation)
GPS: 2.046586, 102.566189