Bakmie Hock Seng @ Medan, Indonesia

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DSC08319 | Bakmie Hock Seng @ Medan, Indonesia
The first item in our itinerary was to visit Masjid Raya Medan (Masjid Raya Al Mashun). Also known as Great Mosque of Medan, this mosque already has more than 100 years of history.
Masjid Raya Medan
Masjid Raya Medan
I actually wanted to go in and have a look but it seems that it would be hard for non-Muslim to enter. Plus, we were running out of time after getting caught in a massive jam from Kualanamu International Airport to Medan. What seemed to be an hour’s trip became 2 hours!
Masjid Raya Al Mashun a.k.a. Great Mosque of Medan
Masjid Raya Al Mashun a.k.a. Great Mosque of Medan
Anyways, I can only admire the architecture from outside. It looks pretty nice (though not too impressive) from outside but I’m not sure how’s the condition inside. A quick glance through TripAdvisor’s reviews had many people commented that it’s quite run down and needs lots of upkeep.

Bakmie Hock Seng

Later on, we actually planned to have our lunch at Bihun Bebek Kumango. Surprisingly, our private driver brought us here: Bakmie Hock Seng. Even after confirming with the driver that what we wanted is Bihun Bebek, he said it’s correct.
Bakmie Hock Seng
Bakmie Hock Seng
In the restaurant, we kept asking the waitress about bihun bebek but she looks rather annoyed and doesn’t seem to understand what we were talking about despite asking in Bahasa Melayu. In the end, we ordered a bowl of Bakmie each.
Bakmie Hock Seng - Accompanied by abundance of seafood ingredients
Bakmie Hock Seng – Accompanied by abundance of seafood ingredients
Bakmie is also called Hokkien Noodle. Bak means meat in Hokkien dialect and Mie means noodle in Bahasa Indonesia. But as you can see, it is very different from the ones in Malaysia. The Hokkien noodle in Kuala Lumpur is fried thick noodle with black soy sauce while the Hokkien noodle in Penang is prawn noodle with spicy prawn broth. We were also very surprised that the bowl of noodle came with so much seafood! Among the ingredients include a medium sized prawn (not those that looks like dried shrimp), crab claw meat, stewed pork meat and fish balls, just to name a few. I love the light yet tasty broth that has a slight similarity to Thai Boat Noodle. Funny conversation with my besties… A: Is this really Hokkien Mee? It’s so different with Malaysia’s Hokkien Mee… B: Erm… Since this shop is called Hock Seng, is it possible that the noodle is named after his dad who is called Hock Kien? OMG it makes sense!! Hahahaha! Price wise is quite steep (RP 50,000 / approx. RM 15 per bowl) compared to the usual Indonesian food fare but since this is considered like a seafood noodle, it’s actually worth the money. A place where even the locals love to come, I’d say that Bakmie Hock Seng is a good choice to get your breakfast in Medan. Try to be there by 10 am to avoid disappointment! Address: Bakmie Hock Seng No. 17, Jl. Gwang Ju (Sp. Jl. Kumango), 20111 Medan, Indonesia Tel: +62 0812 6011 090 Business hour: 7 am – 12 pm P/S: Later on, I found out that the shop that sells Bihun Bebek is called Axie. If I ever go Medan again, I’ll be sure to try it!


  1. Poh Huai Bin says:

    Bee Hoon Bebek = Duck Bee Hoon right?

    Nice trip to Medan. I haven’t been there myself but have been to other places in Indonesia. I love bak mie too! I had this awesome bak mie in Jakarta by the roadside, was brought there by locals and was surprised to see that they had pork (!!) in the bak mie despite it being owned and staffed by Indonesian locals.

    1. Charmaine Pua says:

      Yes, Huai Bin, Bihun Bebek = Duck Bee Hoon. The place I went was also staffed by Indonesian locals but not all Indonesian locals are Muslim 😀 Some are Christians. They’re free like that.

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