All sorts of exotic traditional dishes beckon in the island of Sumatra; one of which is Sop Sumsum Langsa – a beef bone marrow soup dish that originated from a small city in Aceh called Langsa. Fortunately, its namesake restaurant can also be found in Medan, meaning that one won’t have to travel further north to sample this delicacy.
Founded in 1970 by Aceh-native Bapak H. Lukmanul Halim, the establishment currently has three outlets operating in Medan. I paid a visit to the one on Jalan Setiabudi right next to Mie Aceh Titi Bobrok. As soon as I set foot inside, my gaze turned to a massive beef bone marrow on the counter. All I could think of was how I will eat that monstrous dainty.
I placed an order for a portion and in a flash it was placed on my table along with a knife and a straw. The latter is meant to be used for guzzling down the soft mushy fat from the bone, while you use the former to cut the meat from the humongous bone marrow that took up the whole plate. Slurping the fat was a challenge at first, but I couldn’t stop myself once my taste buds got a taste of the savoury fat.
The concoction had a gelatinous consistency that gave off a greasy sensation on my palates, which I was able to cleanse with the help of the refreshing peppery soup that consisted of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, and onion.
It took me about half-an-hour to finish it all. Once I got back to the hotel, I quickly fired up Google to look up on the dish. Turns out that bone marrow liquid contains 96 per cent fat, which holds many health benefits including building immunity, helping digestion, and fighting cancer.
Jl. Setiabudi No. 17B,
Medan, North Sumatra
Open daily from 10am-10.30pm
Rp.40,000/US$3 per person