New in town: Kulon, Bali Lane — Slurp-worthy bowls of Bakmi for a taste of Java

Last Updated: October 29, 2020

Written by Nicole Lam

Move over ramyeon, there’s a new kid in town and his name is bakmi. For the uninitiated, bakmi is a popular street food in Indonesia and roughly translates from Hokkien to ‘meat noodles’. Bakmi was pretty new to me until I tried the wares at Moonstone Bar and I was hooked. So, you can imagine my delight when I found out Kulon, a quaint little joint specialising in bakmi is opening their doors this 30 October 2020 along Bali Lane. Fans of Indo Java will be pleased to know that the Kulon by the same great people.

Like many underrated noodle dishes like say Sarawak kolo mee, bakmi runs in a similar vein. A little thicker than our normal meek kia and a little thinner than our beloved Japanese udon, the noodles for bakmi present as slightly tubular strands. They might look like maggi mee but these springy noodles pick up the sauce better lends for a better mouthfeel as well. Kulon gets their noodles delivered daily from a local manufacturer so you can rest assured at the quality of each bowl.

Some of the bakmi flavours that you can look forward to from Kulon would be the Bakmi Bangka (prices TBC). With classic Indonesian dry noodles covered with braised sweet soy sauce chicken and blanched bok choy minced chicken sauctender minced chicken. It sounds pretty inconsequential but trust me when I say when bakmi is done well you’ll wish for nothing more.

For a bowl of a more Javanese slant, Bakmi Kladu (prices TBC) is a bowl that I can’t wait to get my hands on. This one comes with the same great noodles but this time with diced chicken braised in Javanese spices. I expect this one to be a little spicier with those trademark piquant, tangy spices that are trademark of Javanese cuisine.

For more voracious eaters, I reckon the Bakmi Char Siu Ayam (prices TBC), would suit your fancy. A char siu roasted chicken thigh that promises to lighter on the palate but just as tasty and satisfying. Kulon is already shaping up to sound like quite the gem, if I were you I’ll mark my calendar and get ready to head down.

Price: $


30 Bali Lane, Singapore 189866



30 Bali Lane, Singapore 189866

Operating Hours: 11am - 9.30pm (Tues to Sun), Closed on Mon

Operating Hours: 11am - 9.30pm (Tues to Sun), Closed on Mon
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