“Its appearance and additional elements may resemble the Soto that one would normally eat in Jakarta, but its dense broth had a smoother feel to it and is rich in flavour.”
If you’ve ever flown to Lombok by plane prior to 2011 – before Airport Selaparang was closed to the public – you might be familiar with an eatery called Warung Soto Yugisah located just across its main gate. It has been around since the 1960s, and it serves one of the best Soto Ayam (chicken soup) on the island. The founder, Yuk Gisah, was originally from East Java, and after he passed away, his family has been running the place in his place, with his son Suhariadi currently at the helm.
Intrigued by its signature soup, I set aside some time to visit the establishment whilst during my stay in Lombok. Luckily enough, it took me just five minutes to reach the place from my hotel. I was awed by the size of the restaurant when I got there – it was humongous. The old dining area at the front-end of the shop looks well maintained and was still in use, while a spacious extended area can be found on the right-hand side of the place. There are also several large gazebos at the back.
I chose to sit at the old dining area, which was sparsely occupied at the time. Prior to that, I had already ordered a bowl of its Soto Ayam from the counter. And then it came in all its glory. Served with fried tempeh on the side – my local companion told me that the tempeh is very popular here – it consists of zesty chicken broth filled with chicken slices, bean sprouts, shredded cabbages, and a boiled egg. Its appearance and additional elements may resemble the Soto that one would normally eat in Jakarta, but its dense broth had a smoother feel to it and is rich in flavour. In an effort to make it even fresher and tastier, I threw in a slice of kaffir lime and a spoonful of spicy sambal. It proved to be the best culinary decision I’ve ever made in my entire life.
Jl. Adi Sucipto No. 10,
T: 0370 647 629/0878 6421 3331
Open daily from 7am-10pm
Rp.25,000/US$1.80 per person