Noodles are a staple food in the Indonesian diet with noodle stores practically on every corner. Owner, David Lim, talks about regularly eating noodles with the family, and how his father would make them from scratch. Carrying on this tradition is the opening of Adelaide’s first bakmi store, Bakmi Lim Noodle Project. “Bakmi” translated means “noodle” while “Lim” refers to the family name.
At Bakmi Lim, everything is made fresh in-house using locally sourced ingredients and cooked following the Lim’s family recipes. The ordering process is like being at Subway, where you select the type of noodles (traditional or spinach infused), the toppings (soy chicken and mushroom, roast pork, barbecue charsiu pork, tofu and mushroom, roast pork and barbecue pork), and the sides (crispy wonton, steamed wonton, steamed dumpings, beef meatballs). The beauty of this is that you get exactly what you want.
Today we went for the traditional noodles with soy chicken and mushroom, roast pork, barbecue pork, crispy wontons and green vegetables. The crispy wontons were amazing and you could easily snack on these alone. The soy chicken was tender and succulent, and the barbecue pork was seasoned perfectly. The roast pork was just as good, although I would have preferred crispier skin. Underneath all the ingredients were the handcrafted, wheat based noodles. Like Mi Goreng, they were cooked and drained with their own seasoning applied.
The main was followed up with a soup that contained boiled chicken and prawn wontons, and beef meatballs. The wontons had a skin that was soft and firm, and the meat filling was well seasoned and perfectly cooked. The beef meatballs were well refined and a step above those that you get in a Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup. Swimming in a light broth, it was a perfect way to end the meal.
We often don’t realise how lucky we are that we live in a multicultural society. With different cuisines right at our fingertips and access to the best produce in the world, we really have it all when it comes to food. Bakmi Lim gives us a taste of Indonesian street food and an insight into the culinary experiences of David and his family. A basic noodle dish will set you back $12 which is the average price you’d pay for lunch anyway. Bakmi Lim is located close to the corner of Waymouth and King William Streets in the city.
Bakmi Lim Noodle Project is open weekdays from 11am-3pm and 6pm-9pm, and on weekends from 5:30pm-10pm.
WHERE: 4/8 Waymouth St, Adelaide