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Semarang: Soto Ayam Bokoran

Semarang: Soto Ayam Bokoran


“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


A die-hard fan of authentic Indonesian delights who loves the idea of travelling to the cradle of those enticing local treats. Yet, you might often find this young lad busy with his guitar – be it alone in his room or, sometimes, on stage.

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