Each popular soto Betawi vendor in Jakarta has its own signature style. There are those who use only coconut milk for the broth and some are using milk – which is the similar case as well for sop kaki. There are those who rely on the spices alone and there are some who also add the chilies to make the soup appears redder.
Clearly, what makes a soto Betawi deemed as delicious is based on the power of the soup as people would expect it highly because of the use of milk or santan.
Per chance, our best bet this time goes for Soto Betawi Haji Husein’s on Manggarai. This popular dining spot opens only from 7am until before the lunchtime finishes due to high demand. Despaired are the faces of those who came too late and a sigh of relief can be heard from those who made the extra effort coming in a bit early.
What’s special about Haji Husein’s soto is the trace of spices that was roughly ground and can be found on the bottom of the soup. This gave not just extra texture but a scent and flavor which are unnoticed before in other soto Betawi that I have ever been to. Some might prefer lighter character, but if you are up for a thicker soup, then this would be right place to try.
The rest came from the goodness of the toppings. The flavorful soup can then be graced with the presence of beef lungs, tripes, or the meat. Each gave out a distinctive flavor in accord to our preference and as for me, I’d have every part of each plus the emping crackers. Now, it is your turn.
SOTO BETAWI HAJI HUSEIN
Unsuitable for vegetarians
Jalan Padang Panjang no. 6B – Indonesia
Opening hours: Daily, 7am – 1pm
Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE Oct 2015 edition