Jakarta: Soto Kudus Blok M


“What sets apart Soto Kudus Blok M’s Soto from its counterparts is the freshness of its soup – the zesty chicken broth, with its decent smattering of fried garlic, is just magical.”

As one of the oldest Soto vendors in town, Soto Kudus Blok M was first established in 1978 and has since opened a number of branches across Jakarta. The founder of Soto Kudus Blok M first began his small-scale Soto trade using a hawker tent somewhere around Terminal Blok M. As years passed by, his business grew significantly.

Its first permanent place is found on Jalan Ahmad Dahlan in Kebayoran, which also acts as the main headquarters for its management. In order to preserve the quality and taste of its Soto, they have chosen to not franchise its business and instead opting to running the other branches on their own.

Our Soto Kudus Blok M experience took place at one of its branches in Tebet. Appearing like an ordinary house from the outside, the big signboard on the top of the building manages to save it from confusing its potential customers. Once inside, we ordered a bowl of its signature Soto Kudus with rice on a separate plate. You can have the rice served in your bowl of Soto, just so you know.

Soto is very much a common dish here, so what sets apart Soto Kudus Blok M’s Soto from its counterparts is the freshness of its soup – the zesty chicken broth, with its decent smattering of fried garlic, is just magical. There are enough small chicken chunks and bean sprouts inside the soup as well. And like every other Soto joints, you’ll have a variety of side dishes to choose from, including sate telur puyuh (quail egg satay), sate usus ayam(chicken intestine satay), tempe bacem (boiled and marinated tempeh), and tahu bacem(boiled and marinated tofu).

Jl. Tebet Raya No. 10
South Jakarta
T: 021 830 3491
Open daily from 7.30am-9.30pm
Rp. 25,000/ US$ 1.90 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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