Quite similar with the case of Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi on Jalan Antasari, Soto Banjar “Nyaman” has also undergone several relocations until finally it settles on this inconspicuous spot for a restaurant.
This seemingly half-done restaurant that appears like a garage actually holds an important culinary legacy of South Kalimantan in Jakarta. Luckily, Soto Banjar “Nyaman” has prepared an air-conditioned room for the customers who wish to seek their complete offering of Banjarese cuisine.
The soto Banjar here has two versions – milky or clear. While both of these are equally authentic; we decided to try one of each. The looks may be familiar with other sotos but there is a significant difference in taste because of the certain spices that are used. Soto Banjar differs itself than the rest of the competition with the use of cardamom, cinnamon, and clove.
In terms of taste, the clear soup version has stronger character than the one using milk. The latter almost feels like another kind of soto Betawi. Even so, the topping is again very much different. Soto Banjar uses vermicelli, shredded chicken, and potato fritter instead.
To ensure a complete experience, it is advisable as well to pair the soto with other Banjarese delicacies such as the famous sate Banjar or masak habang. One last thing, be sure to choose the rice cake as the carbo companion of the soto if you feel like having it the Banjarese way.
SOTO BANJAR “NYAMAN” BU HJ. AMIR
Unsuitable for vegetarians
Jalan Pangeran Antasari no. 50, Jakarta – Indonesia
Opening hours: Daily, 7.30am – 9pm
Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE Oct 2015 edition