“Thankfully, the fried chicken was juicy, and from its delicate texture and yellowish colour, I could deduce that it was boiled with herbs before being lightly drenched in hot cooking oil.“
My culinary escapade in Semarang involved me hunting down long-established eateries and scoffing down food from each and every one of them. All that eating eventually took a toll on me as I could now hardly fit into my favourite pair of jeans. The trouble was that I just couldn’t say no to the delectable dishes that the city had to offer. One shop that contributed quite a lot to my significant weight gain was Ayam Goreng & Sop Buntut Pak Supar.
Specialising in Ayam Goreng (fried chicken) and Sop Buntut (oxtail soup), Ayam Goreng & Sop Buntut Pak Supar has been operating since 1974. But before settling down in a permanent shop, founder Pak Supar used to hawk his tantalising fried chicken from a wooden cart. After several years, he upgraded his business into a small roadside warung. It was then when he introduced Sop Buntut to his menu. Fast forward to 2016, and Pak Supar’s trade now encompasses two outlets in Semarang, and both are currently run by his son.
I went to the flagship branch on Jalan Moch. Suyudi, which was just a five-minute drive away from where I was staying. Although the time showed that it was already 2pm, the place was still chock-a-block with customers. I ordered its signature Ayam Goreng and Sop Buntut, and waited. Upon its arrival on my table, I was knocked for six when I was handed a plate with four pieces of chicken on it. Since I only ordered just the one, I called up the waiter and asked him if there was a mistake with my order. He then nonchalantly explained that it was how they served their fried chicken, and they’d only calculate the amount that I need to pay depending on how many I eat.
Thankfully, the fried chicken was juicy, and from its delicate texture and yellowish colour, I could deduce that it was boiled with herbs before being lightly drenched in hot cooking oil. The oxtail soup wasn’t as sweet as I expected it to be, which is a good thing. The beef was tender, while its broth was dense and refreshing. In the end, I ended up munching down two pieces of the fried chicken after I was done with the Sop Buntut – and added a couple of centimetres to my waistline in the process.
Jl. Moch. Suyudi No. 48
Semarang, Central Java
T: 024 355 4110
Open daily from 10am-10.30pm
Rp.60,000/US$4.40 per person