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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Mie Kocok Bandung, Maroubra

mie kocok campur at at mie kocok bandung indonesian noodle restaurant maroubra
Mie Kocok Campur $10
Combination beef flavoured soup

Okay, so Mie Kocok might send some of us into teenaged sniggers, but ‘mie kocok’ in Indonesian means “shaken noodles”, a specialty from Bandung in West Java.

It's an all-in-one beef noodle soup: chewy ropes of fresh, handmade noodles shaken about in hot water until cooked then plunged into a deep bowl of clear, sweet beef broth.

decor inside mie kocok bandung indonesian noodle restaurant maroubra
Decor inside Mie Kocok Bandung


You’ll find it at Mie Kocok Bandung in Maroubra – it’s such a signature dish here they named their restaurant after it. The soup comes with your choice of fixings, but you may as well get the lot and order the mie kocok campur, or combination, littered with springy beef balls, ribbons of beef tripe and gelatinous beef tendons. Crunchy bean sprouts, deep-fried shallots and chopped green onions add zing but it’s the giant beef ball that’s the highlight, hiding a hard-boiled quail egg right in the middle. It’s like a Kinder Surprise for carnivores.

lo mie bandung at mie kocok bandung indonesian noodle restaurant maroubra
Lo mie bandung $9

Dive into a bowl of yamien pangsit goreng, a huddle of egg noodles with chicken mince, deep-fried wonton for crunch, and chicken soup on the side or check out the lo mie bandung, a saucier combination of egg noodles and chicken mince doused in a thick sweet gravy.

The no-fuss d├ęcor suits the Indonesian-strong crowd to a tee. It’s families and couples who roll in and out for a quick bite to eat or a noodle fix. Help yourself to the bags of prawn crackers on every table. There’s an urn of free tea in the corner too.

diy order notepad at mie kocok bandung indonesian noodle restaurant maroubra
DIY order notepad

The DIY mentality extends to ordering – you’ll have to fill out your own docket at your table but it’s simply a matter of ticking what you want before handing it to a roving waiter. While you’re waiting, fill up at the self-serve snack station with Indonesian-style croquettes and rissoles or banana leaf parcels of rice and chicken.

self-serve snacks at mie kocok bandung indonesian noodle restaurant maroubra
Self-serve croquette and banana leaf parcel snacks

krokets croquettes at mie kocok bandung indonesian noodle restaurant maroubra
Krokets $1.50
Mixed croquettes

lontong ayam chicken banana leaf rice at mie kocok bandung indonesian noodle restaurant maroubra
Lontong ayam $2
Banana leaf rice with chicken

steamed mixed dim sim at mie kocok bandung indonesian noodle restaurant maroubra
Siomay bandung $9
Steamed mixed dim sim

sayur asem sweet and sour vegetable soup at mie kocok bandung indonesian noodle restaurant maroubra
Sayur asem $6.50
Sweet and soup vegetable soup

sop buntut ox tail soup at mie kocok bandung indonesian noodle restaurant maroubra
Sop buntut $9
Ox tail soup

mie kocok bandung indonesian noodle restaurant maroubra


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Mie Kocok Bandung
Shop 1, 108 Maroubra Road, Maroubra, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 8437 2322

Opening hours
Lunch Tuesday to Sunday 11am-3pm
Dinner Tuesday to Sunday 5pm-10pm

This article appears in the March 2013 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This! [Read online

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14 comments:

  1. Ah, Helen? I don't think your "but" is helping any. I am giggling just as much at "shaken noodles"...

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  2. Kinder surprise for carnivores. I love it! Just look at those beautiful little siomay bandung!

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  3. Oh me oh my! I haven't had too much indonesian to date, but I'm willing to make the drive to maroubra to try it all. Oh man.. drooling.

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  4. the Lo mie bandung looks really good! you find the coolest places for food!

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  5. Hahahaha "Mee Kocok"! Is it bad that my first reaction was: "YOU Kocok!!"??

    But seriously, those croquettes looks amazeballs! :)

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  6. Eying those croquettes! The rice and chicken in banana leaf looks pretty spectacular as well :D

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  7. Such a great find in the suburbs. I like that you can help yourself to croquettes!

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  8. I love Indonesian food - especially all the little banana-leaf wrapped snacks they have! Everything looks delicious

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  9. i love the mie kocok here! so tasty and love the avo juice!!!!

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  10. Love these photos - I can literally smell the broth. And free prawn crackers?! It's so good when a place that's already great value offers even more. There's a lesson in that.

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  11. Wow Helen you always find the best most obscure places for your Time Out column. Ok so the name did make me laugh but the croquettes look great.

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  12. Kinder Surprise for carnivores, hehe, love it.

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  13. Went there last night. Absolutely fantastic. I would like to go again tonight...

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  14. Talk about a great find! I could devour a whole plate of croquettes myself just by looking at that trolley.

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