Medan: Soto Kesawan


Despite taking its moniker from a neighbourhood in the western part of Medan, there’s no need to drive away from the city centre, as Soto Kesawan is located on Jalan Ahmad Yani instead of its namesake in Kesawan. One of the longest serving Soto joints in town, the place has been around for more than 60 years and is now run by the founder’s grandson Pak Yatiman.

I was fortunate enough to have met and confabulated with his daughter-in-law Ani, who graciously let me in on the fact they still use the same recipe that was originated by the founder. Thus it came as no surprise for me to discover that most of the tables were already occupied even though I got there at 10am.

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There are three types of toppings on offer for the Soto here: prawn, beef, and chicken. After being enticed by the sight of the beef lung slices when I entered the place, I ordered a bowl of its beef Soto.

It took only less than five minutes for my hot Soto to arrive. Its coconut milk soup featured a savoury taste with a hint of sweetness, while the beef that came along with it was tender to the core. The beef lung slices were pleasantly crunchy, and I was delighted to have found a perkedel (fried potato patty) in the concoction, which enhanced the flavour of the Soto. It didn’t take much consideration afterwards for me to officially declare it as one of the best Soto in Medan.

Jl. Ahmad Yani No. 116,
Medan, North Sumatra
Open daily from 7am-4pm
Rp.25,000/US$1.90 per person


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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