Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Nostalgia: Indo Mee

One too often, you get people describing food in the usual manner and vocabulary. Just the other night, we were watching a travel show; the TV host put a piece of pastry into her mouth, gave that look like it tasted like heaven before she uttered anything, i said "Bet she will say, oh its so gorgeous!"

Needless to say, you probably guessed what she said.

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A word that is commonly used to describe very run down buildings that are then turned into restaurants is "nostalgic" or full of "nostalgia". Really, is nostalgic the word to use by a twenty year old when the building is twice as old?

I often find it hard to grasp that concept of nostalgia but it was only last weekend, i think i finally found no better word to describe that feeling. Nostalgia need not be as old as white hair or the abandon creepy haunted house in your neighbourhood. It need only be a feeling that you have long lost but discover it almost instantly, there and then, that very moment.


To me, it was no other than discovering in my bag, two packets of Indo Mee from Indonesia (the real stuff) for a bargain 36 cents a packet (in Ringgit Malaysia, may i add), the week before.

So how could i resist? The memories of university days, good lord, (now i know i paid a fortune for this noodles at 40 australian cents a packet, those days). Whether as a substitute for dinner or a good simple supper, Indo Mee is known to be stocked up in any room slept by an Asian. It would be a sin to not have a packet or two on standby.


After the first bite, it all came back. The taste was no different and the runny yolk gels everything together. That to me is nostalgia. I can't wait to taste the other packet soon!

23 comments:

Sean said...

Hey, the noodles on the packet cover looks different from the one in reality, but the egg looks the same! :D

J said...

Oh man....
Indomee reminds me of my student days in Melb. I ate God knows how many cartons of that stuff in 2 years! :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j: haha me too!! prays to this stuff.

sean: well have you seen any pictures that look like the real stuff? haha

Cynthia said...

Ah, I totally understand your nostalgia. It is amazing how simple things can bring so many memories flooding back.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

cynthia: yes, it is amazing how simple things can be such joy

thule a.k.a leo said...

I hardly cook Indomie these days... gone where those days where I used to cook at my Subang house when mid of the month begins.. I wonder where I spent all the monthly allowance at the beginning of month though!
Now whenever I crave for Indomie, I would go to the famous mamak stalls in SS2 for their goreng version... best!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: i dunno, nothing can beat the simple noodles, boil in water and stir with god knows what sauces they have!

Precious Pea said...

I used to buy in boxes and stock up at home. Super yummy stuff! They have extra pedas flavour now.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Does it taste any different from the indomie we get here ar? (I think they call it something else here, though...not sure..eek).

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ll: it does, theres something different about it haha, ask precious pea to buy back a box from melb, u only pay 3 times more anyways haha.

pp: extra pedas?? cant take superhot, the normal 1 would do..

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Sharing is caring! =P

Tummy Rumble said...

The one found in the UK taste a little different from the Malaysian ones.. I prefer the Malaysian ones somehow.. But the Uk portion is muchh bigger.. haha..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tummyrumble:haha wait till u try the indonesian ones, its different.

bbabe: so i have to err... share with you..?? really??...

J2Kfm said...

I had a friend from Medan bringing me a whole range of Indo Mie. And they indeed tasted wonderful. But one minor gripe though, the serving's even smaller than the ones we have here. Right?

There's one very pedas mee goreng version ... forgot the flavour. Something like rendang daging? Damn addictive.

minchow said...

Hey I recently rediscovered Indo Mee too... ate cartons of them while in NZ, nothing else came close! I think they must put a lil something something in the sauce mix... what else explains the addiction?!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

minchow: yes, a little something, funny though its 36 cents, cant b something that exp rite?

j2kfm: its addictive, n i regret not buying a whole box!

qwazymonkey said...

True blue original Indo Mee! These were my lifesavers in Uni. Especially with an egg! Oooh memories.

I still stock up on them whenever I go to Bali or Aus. LOL!

qwazymonkey said...

LL: The ones here (called Ibumee now) taste very different. For starters, the trio of sauces are already different. The "Asli" Indo ones has ABC Sauce + ABC Sambal + Shallot Oil. Then there's the extra fried garlic bits. PErhaps the only similarity lies in its Bumbu. Then again, the Msia ones must have left out an important ingredient - Ganja!. LOL

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

qwzymonkey: hah yeah thats rite! maybe i should have taken pictures of the contents too. but seriously ganja? maybe you know..

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Okay, so I really haven't lived, hor. Chis. Share with me la, nipples.

AugustDiners said...

oooo indo mee!! dont worry, u'll have plenty of those when u get to Australia soon!! im so jealous!

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"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

augustdiners: yeah haha when im on budget, i wonder how much is it by now..

ll: haha i got 1 packet left..still there..