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28 November 2011 / leggypeggy

Making something from almost nothing

Mie Ayam Pangsit.

Given a choice, we will usually eat at hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Poor John’s theory is that a western-style restaurant can produce any-old meal because the tourists come and go, but a local restaurant has to be good so the locals continue to patronise it.

That approach works very well for us and lunch recently in Yogyakarta was delicious. We noticed that the cook, who had three small benches as work surfaces and two burners for cooking, was making homemade noodles. I ordered Mie Goreng (fried noodles). My pic of that wasn’t much of a success, but Poor John’s Mie Ayam Pangsit (noodles with chicken, chilli sauce and a wonton soup) looked great. We also ordered homemade lemonade—easy on the sugar. All this for less than $5 for the two of us.

The cook graciously let me take some pics of her and her kitchen.

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  1. Louise M Oliver / Nov 28 2011 11:40 am

    Poor John’s noodles with chicken and chili sauce looks very tasty indeed. I’d never survive in a kitchen that small! I can be a tiny bit messy when cooking so, shortly after starting to prepare the meal, I’d probably be banished.

    Thanks again Peggy.


  2. afterthelasttime / Sep 20 2019 4:29 am

    Remarkably clean and definitely plenty to eat for $5!

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