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Mie Celor, Palembang, South Sumatra – Indonesian Noodle Dish

A Palembang South Sumatra style of noodle and egg dish. With beansprout and fried shallots. The white sauce is made with mixture of “ebi” or dried shrimp that gaves unique taste.

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