In the past, mi rebus was sold by mobile hawkers who carried two baskets over a pole. One basket contained a stove and a pot of boiling water, and the other the ingredients for the dish.
In certain area, due to the local situation, a similar variety of this Mi Rebus is called Mee Jawa, Mi Jawa, Bakmi Jawa or Bakmi Godhog, although this is a popular misnomer, since Javanese bakmi Jawa is slightly different from Mi Rebus. Despite sharing similar spices, Bakmi Godhog (Javanese mi rebus) favour chicken and egg instead of shrimp. A dish similar to Mi Rebus in Indonesia is called Mie Celor, and it is popular in Palembang.