JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The deliciousness of a bowl of Soto Betawi (Betawi beef soup), and its dense broth is able to alleviate an exhausted body and soul after a spell on the congestion-stricken streets of Jakarta. Luckily, this city is simply teeming with restaurants and warungs that offer this traditional Betawi dish. The following are some of the best that the Big Durian has to offer.
Soto Betawi H. Husein
You need to be at Soto Betawi H. Husein early – even before lunchtime – as it tends to run out of beef, cow lung and a few other essential ingredients.
Jl. Padang Panjang No. 6C, South Jakarta
T: 021 8370 6476
Open daily from 7am-1pm
Soto Betawi Afung
Each of its Paru Goreng (fried cow lung) offers crispiness that is unparalleled. Founded in 1982, Soto Betawi Afung relocated a few times before settling down at its current location in 2005.
Jl. Gang Gloria No. 12, Glodok, West Jakarta
T: 021 690 1496
Open daily from 6am-5pm
Soto Roxy H. Darwasa
It will be worth your time and effort to join in the long queues that tend to form here once you have tasted its delectable Soto Betawi. Do not forget to order its fried beef.
Jl. Tidore No .2, Roxy, Central Jakarta
T: 021 632 6801/555 0638
Open daily from 7am-3pm
Soto Betawi H. Ma’ruf
Frequent visitors of Taman Ismail Marzuki in Cikini are certainly familiar with this place. Established in the 1960s, Soto Betawi H. Ma’ruf already has a few branches running across the city, with the favourite spot located on Jalan Gondangdia Lama.
Jl.Gondangdia Lama No. 36A, Central Jakarta
Open daily from 10am-9pm
Soto Kaki Sapi Mencos H. Sarnadi
Soto Kaki Sapi Mencos H. Sarnadi has been around for more than five decades now, and its popularity has not waned since its inception. In fact, the number of visitors coming here for its legendary Soto Kaki Sapi (cow trotter soup) has swelled. You can opt for beef for your Soto instead of cow trotter too.
Jalan Percetakan Negara No. 2C, Central Jakarta
Open daily from 10am-10pm
Soto Jakarta Pak H. Yus
It has one of the most extensive lists of Soto Betawi around, including Soto Kikil (cow trotter soup), Soto Daging Sapi (beef soup), Soto Tulang Muda (cow cartilage soup), Soto Lidah (cow tongue soup), Soto Paru Iso (cow lung soup), Soto Babat (beef tripe soup) and Soto Ginjal dan Jantung (cow kidney and heart soup). The coconut milk broth here is also second to none.
Jl. Minangkabau No. 40, South Jakarta
T: 021 9575 5070
Open daily from 8am-6pm