“Its yellowish broth was refreshing and well seasoned, prompting me to nominate it as one of the best Soto I’ve ever tasted.“
I have my lucky stars to thank that I chose the right place to stay during my sojourn in Semarang. I discovered this to my delight after firing up Google Maps on my phone as soon as I checked in and finding out that one of the city’s most celebrated eateries, Soto Ayam Bokoran, is just a stone’s throw away from the hotel – one of the joints that’s on my food hunting list.
I didn’t see any signs of an eatery when I passed by the exact location of the place earlier in the evening when I was on my way to the hotel, but after a chat with the hotel’s receptionist, I found out that it was only open until 1pm. No wonder then. The next day, I woke up at 8am and headed straight to the shop.
Established in 1945, Soto Ayam Bokoran is helmed by Ibu Rumini, who is the first-born daughter of its founder. It was previously located in Bokoran – where it got its name – before settling down in its current location in 1973. The place filled to capacity when I got there. After a five-minute wait, I finally got myself a table. The Soto itself took less time to prepare and arrived on my table in a jiffy.
Comprising rice, rice vermicelli, chicken slices, bean sprouts, and celery, the soup was topped with a sprinkle of fried garlic. Its yellowish broth was refreshing and well seasoned, prompting me to nominate it as one of the best Soto I’ve ever tasted. There were a number of side dishes served as well, including chicken intestine satay, Tahu Isi(fried tofu filled with mixed vegetables) and fried tempeh.
If you wish to make your way here on a Sunday, I’d advise you to come during breakfast time as its Soto tends to be finished by around 11am.
Jl. Plampitan No. 55,
Semarang, Central Java
T: 024 356 7402/0812 2859 5913
Open daily from 6am-1pm
Rp.20,000/US$1.50 per person