Jakarta: Soto Mie Wahid Hasyim


One spoonful was all it took for me to give it the thumbs down – it was just too sweet for my taste buds. I even tried dunking the paruinto the Soto, and it still didn’t change my opinion of the dish.

Before we start, I’d just like to state that my personal experience at Soto Mie Wahid Hasyim was not one that filled me with much joy. It wasn’t my cup of tea, to be honest, but for the sake of professionalism, I’ll share with you a blow-by-blow account of how it went.

In 1969, Haji Acef started Soto Mie Wahid Hasyim by choosing a spot under one of the biggest trees on Jalan Wahid Hasyim as its location. Along the line, his brother-in-law Pak Nasurallah took over the shop and is now running the business. So I came down with a good friend of mine, and with this being our last stop of the day, we were very full by the time we were there. One of Pak Nasurallah’s staff kindly offered us the Soto Mie (beef noodles soup), to which we obliged and decided to share between the both of us.

As we waited for our Soto Mie, I could see bags of paru (fried lung) from the corner of my eye at the end of our table. Since it’s my favourite snack of all time, I quickly grabbed one to eat with our meal. Not long after, our long-awaited order arrived. It consisted of yellow noodles submerged in a clear soup, topped with beef, emping (melinjo nut crackers), andperkedel (potato croquette). One spoonful was all it took for me to give it the thumbs down – it was just too sweet for my taste buds. I even tried dunking the paru into the Soto, and it still didn’t change my opinion of the dish.

However, my friend brought about a contrasting reaction to yours truly. She argued that it was perfect, and she would go on to say that it was much better than the Bakso that we had earlier during the day, which was too salty for her. Now, if you happen to have read some of my articles, I have an inclination towards salty and spicy food. My good friend, however, likes things sweet – perhaps a result of her Javanese heritage.

With two differing opinions, I had to rethink about writing this review. But then I realised that I had an obligation to be objective when dishing out appraisals. So rather than scrap it altogether, I’d like to dedicate this piece to Pak Nas, whose Soto Mie has given me an altogether new perspective on coming up with an evaluation on food. It alerted me to the fact that I shouldn’t just disqualify an establishment just because I don’t like the taste of its food. Not to mention that Indonesia has over 300 cultures, I really should be more sensitive and learn to appreciate the differences, including their various comestibles.

Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim
Central Jakarta
T: 0813 8770 2163
Open daily from 10am-8pm
Rp.18,000/US$1.30 per portion


Started her career as a food writer in 2012, Jessicha Valentina is the online editor of Good Indonesian Food. Jessicha has loved Sayur Asem since she was a wee kid and spends her free time trying to cook it.

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