Solo: Soto Triwindhu


For me, there are two things that I love about Solo: its plethora of high-grade batik and its multitude of lip-smacking local treats. Despite its modest size, this city is a treasure trove of shops offering enticing delicacies, one of them being Soto Triwindhu with its beef soup.

Founded by Mbah Karyo way back in 1939, Soto Triwindhu is now run by the second generation of Mbah Karyo’s family. Previously located in Ngarsopuro market, it was moved to Jalan Teuku Umar in 2007 after the market had to undergo a major refurbishment. The relocation proved to be a blessing as it now calls the heart of Solo’s most well-known culinary utopia its home.

One of the most unique aspects of this establishment is its furniture, whereby all the tables here are equipped with a box-shaped receptacle with a display window in the centre that stores the selection of side dishes available, including quail egg satay, tempeh, fried tofu and chicken intestine satay. Customers can also pre-order beef tripe to be served alongside their meal. The beef soup itself is a rather simple concoction, consisting of rice, beef chunks and bean sprouts all dunked into a zesty bowl of beef broth. The latter is the crème de la crème of the dish, with its thick and flavourful character lending a refreshing sensation. Throw in a dollop of sambal and a squeeze of kaffir lime and you’re good to go.

Come around as early as you could if you wish to give this dish a try as it tends to sold out even before the shop’s scheduled closing time.

Jl. Teuku Umar No. 43,
Solo, Central Java
T: 0271 646 006
Open daily from 5.30am-3pm
Price: Rp.15,000/US$1.10 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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