Jakarta: Sop Kui Sen


There was a hint of cardamom in the soup, lending it a flavour that is not dissimilar to an Indian curry. The lamb was unbelievably juicy and chewy, while my nose detected no foul smell that would usually emanate from a lamb-based dish.

Soups are perfect meals during rainy seasons such as the one that we’re experiencing at the time of writing, and one that you should try out is the Sop Kambing at Sop Kui Sen. After a quick research on the Internet, I straight away paid a visit to the eatery in Gajah Mada before you can say Jack Robinson. With its location situated right next to Grand Paragon Mall, finding a parking space was relatively simple – I just went and parked my car at the shopping mall’s spacious parking lot.

Originating from Medan in North Sumatera, Kui Sen first offered its Sop Kambing (lamb soup) back in 1993 from a small tent by the roadside in Hayam Wuruk. Now housed in a permanent building featuring a modern and minimalist interior, punters are now able to delight in this mouth-watering dish in a more comfortable setting. A series of photographs are framed on the walls, showcasing some of the most notable Indonesians who have paid a visit to this shop, with one of them being the current leader of this great nation: President Jokowi.

The immediately ordered a bowl the second I planted my weary bottom on a chair in the front end of the joint. The place was pretty empty during my time there, due to the fact that it was 4pm in the afternoon. Once my order was served, I noticed that its broth looked a bit thick, which is unusual for a Sop Kambing. There was a hint of cardamom in the soup, lending it a flavour that is not dissimilar to an Indian curry. The lamb was unbelievably juicy and chewy, while my nose detected no foul smell that would usually emanate from a lamb-based dish. It certainly was a delightful treat for my taste buds, and while you’re there, I would suggest that you leave some space in your tummy afterwards for a taste of its delicious Ayam Goreng (fried chicken).

Jl. Gajah Mada No. 125,
West Jakarta
Open daily from 9am-1am
Rp.40,000/US$2.90 per person


A die-hard fan of authentic Indonesian delights who loves the idea of travelling to the cradle of those enticing local treats. Yet, you might often find this young lad busy with his guitar – be it alone in his room or, sometimes, on stage.

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