Compared to beef Rendang and Sate Padang, Soto Padang (Padang beef soup) has yet to reach the heady heights that its brethren have outside of Padang. In fact, I only had it for the very first time in my entire life just less than a year ago. However, it swept me off my feet from the first spoonful, and I’ve since become a huge fan; hence the excitement bubbling inside me due to the prospect of sampling it at its place of origin.
On my first day in town, I immediately went to Soto Garuda on Jalan S. Parman. Regarded as the best Soto joint in Padang, it has been around since 1974 and has a total of three outlets across the city. With a capacity of about 80 pax, the eatery can be a bit crowded during lunch time.
Once I settled myself down, I ordered its signature beef soup, which you have the option of having it mixed with fried cow’s lung. It consists of fried beef slices, mashed potato, mung bean noodles, leek slices, and clear beef broth. Some of the fried beef were crunchy, while the rest were fairly tender. They came in a considerable amount and were well cooked and seasoned to a T. Once I had a taste of its beef broth, though, the smile that I was sporting after gorging on the fried beef quickly turned into a frown. It was way too salty for my liking and was not as zesty as I expected it to be.
Jl. S. Parman No. 110,
Open daily from 7am-9pm except on Friday
Rp.30,000/US$2.30 per person