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Tirta Lie to host first-ever halal 'bakmi' festival

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, January 28, 2020  /  12:32 pm
Tirta Lie to host first-ever halal 'bakmi' festival

Bakmi Rudy is among the participants of the Lunar Mie Festival with Tirta Lie, which is slated to run at Atrium Plaza Blok M, South Jakarta, on Jan. 29-Feb. 2. (JP/Devina Heriyanto)

Bakmi (noodles) expert Tirta Lie is set to host the first-ever halal bakmi festival on Jan. 29-Feb. 2 at Atrium Plaza Blok M, South Jakarta.

Tirta is recognized as an avid bakmi eater who has sampled noodles from more 1,000 eateries. He frequently hosts bakmi festivals in shopping malls across Jakarta, including Gandaria City in Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta, and PIK Avenue in North Jakarta and more.

The upcoming festival, titled Lunar Mie Festival With Tirta Lie, will be his first event to feature halal-only bakmi joints.

Tirta told The Jakarta Post on Friday that the festival would be part of Tirta Lie’s Festival, Chinese New Year Edition.

Unlike previous years, he decided to separate the locations.

Read also: Jakpost guide to Tirta Lie’s favorite 'bakmi' places

“Last year, I combined halal and non-halal participants at PIK Avenue [shopping mall]. But this year, I split the location, the non-halal festival was held in Citywalk Gajah Mada on Jan. 17-19,” he said, adding that the event would serve dishes without pork or lard.

The festival is set to feature 14 noodle establishments, including Bakmi Rudy, Bakmi Ayam Kampung Djatinegara and Meerica Mie Ayam Rica.

As it is being held to celebrate Chinese New Year, Tirta said the event would also feature Chinese-Indonesian dishes, such as lontong cap go meh (rice cake served with vegetable curry), nasi hainam (Hainanese chicken rice), nasi tim (steamed rice topped with mushroom and chicken), baso goreng (fried meatballs) and more. (kes)

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