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Love Language: Noodles as Comfort Food

Love Language: Noodles as Comfort Food

Monika Febriana
31 July 2023


Noodles, with their diverse styles, are a beloved choice for comfort food. From savory fried noodles and heartwarming curry noodles to the cherished Bakmi Bangka, these delectable options promise to uplift your mood.


Finding solace becomes essential after a hectic day in the bustling city of Jakarta, battling deadlines and navigating through traffic jams. When it comes to unwinding and uplifting spirits, there are numerous ways people choose to do so – shopping at malls, catching a movie, socializing with friends, or indulging in their favorite food. For me, there’s nothing quite like the comforting embrace of a hearty meal to rejuvenate after a long day at work.

What is Comfort Food?

Comfort food has become a popular term in recent times, referring to food that brings about a sense of emotional well-being. Often, it evokes nostalgia associated with special moments or events. According to experts, consuming comfort food can boost happiness levels as these dishes usually contain carbohydrates, sugar, or calorie-rich ingredients. While everyone’s definition of comfort food may vary, there is one dish that is universally cherished—noodles.

The soothing allure of noodles as comfort food

Noodles have long been a go-to choice for many seeking solace in their meals. The widespread popularity of noodles as a comforting dish can be attributed to its simplicity and familiarity. This dish holds a special place in the hearts of people worldwide, including here in Indonesia.

A single serving of noodles, garnished with an array of condiments, can work wonders for your mood, particularly after an exhausting day. Noodles can be transformed into an enticing array of dishes, with countless recipes to explore. If you’re up for a culinary adventure, why not try your hand at the enticing Crying Baby Noodles recipe?

While preparing noodles at home is a delight, there are times when savoring them at your favorite eatery holds a special charm. With that in mind, here are some noteworthy restaurant recommendations that excel in serving delectable noodle dishes:

Comforting Noodles in Jakarta

Bakmi Tiga Marga

Bakmi is the star of noodles dishes that are popular among many people. Our Foodies friends also agree with that. If you’re looking for one of the best Bakmi in South Jakarta you can visit Bakmi Tiga Marga, especially if you’re a fan of chewy noodles. The name “Wang Dai Li” represents a fusion of three clans, giving this noodle shop a unique identity. Located in the Permata Hijau area, this restaurant features a classic Chinese interior, adding to the dining experience. Enjoy their curly noodles with a delightful chewy texture. You can choose between free-range chicken, pork toppings, or both, each bringing juiciness and savory flavors to the dish. Don’t forget to explore additional toppings like meatballs and swikiaw to enhance your noodle adventure.

Mami Lana Kitchen

For spicy food enthusiasts, Mee Pok from Mami Lana Kitchen is a must-try dish. These Singaporean noodles feature a delectable blend of spicy and savory chili oil, with customizable spiciness levels. Combined with chewy and flavorful fishballs, this dish promises a delightful experience. You can easily find Mami Lana Kitchen as it has three branches in Jakarta: Grand Indonesia, PIK, and PIM. Additionally, the shop participates in various events, catering, and bazaars.

Ramen for The Soul

A noodle list is incomplete without mentioning Ramen, and Ramen for The Soul in Kebayoran Baru is one of the top-notch ramen restaurants to visit. Established in 2021, this place offers a classic Japanese ambiance with wooden ornaments and doors, creating a homely feel. Delight in an array of ramen flavors, ranging from spicy Mala Ramen to savory Shoyu Ramen and unique Matcha Chicken Ramen. Don’t miss their signature dish, Jushi Chicken Ramen, featuring boneless, juicy, crispy-skinned chicken toppings. The special ramen broth is prepared for up to 10 hours to attain a rich taste.

Ráo Hé Noodle

Mala Noodles, also known as Mala Stir Fry Noodles, have gained popularity recently due to their spicy and flavorful appeal. Ráo Hé Noodle, located in Kemang, serves these special noodles and authentic halal Taiwanese dishes and specializes in this tongue-tingling dish. The Mala Sauce, sesame seeds, and vegetables combine to create a spicy taste that remains deliciously addictive. Immerse yourself in a typical Taiwanese atmosphere with an interior adorned in attractive neon red colors.

Seporsi Mie Kari

Delight Warm, thick curry served with chewy noodles and various toppings is a heavenly treat for solo diners and loved ones alike. Kari Noodle at Seporsi Mie Kari is the place to relish this delightful combination. Located on the outskirts of Jakarta, the restaurant offers a simple yet comfortable ambiance. The white walls and aluminum equipment create a clean and inviting setting that allows you to fully savor the delicious noodles.

Tjap 1000 Tahun

Kedai Mie Tjap 1000 Tahun has become a social media sensation, thanks to its trendy and Instagram-worthy design. Step into the modern minimalist building with green accents and an outdoor section adorned with plants, offering a cool dining experience. In addition to its appealing ambiance, this noodle shop takes chicken noodles or Mie Ayam to the next level. Indulge in their special menus like Mie Ayam Kuah Mala and Mie Ayam Chili Oil, each designed to tantalize your taste buds. Traditional Original Chicken Noodles are also available for purists.

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