Surabaya: Depot Makmur


“I gulped a spoonful, and everything changed in an instant.

Those who have been to Surabaya would have heard of Rawon Setan – an eatery that has been around for decades and is acknowledged as one of the best purveyors of Rawon(beef black soup) in the City of Heroes. Located just a few doors away, however, lies Depot Makmur. A shop that has operated quite under the radar for more than 40 years, only the city’s residents would know about this joint. Very rarely would a visitor be in the know of Depot Makmur.

Established by Haji Hasan, Depot Makmur specialises in Soto Ayam Banjar (Banjar chicken soup). The business was handed down to his son Pak Murasa, who now runs the place with his son Andra Lesmana.

To be honest, I wasn’t really too keen on trying out Depot Makmur. Yet after being persuaded by a friend of mine who has been living in Surabaya for a few years, I reluctantly had a go at its Soto Banjar Ayam.

At first, the pale colour of the soup did not whet my appetite at all. I gulped a spoonful, and everything changed in an instant. Its intense flavour sent my taste buds into overdrive, and with the duck egg and shredded chicken that are served alongside it, it suddenly turned into a savoury delight that I became smitten with. The highlight, though, was the duck egg. According to Pak Murasa, duck egg is always used to accompany Soto Banjar as it lends a rich flavour to the overall taste.

Jl. Embong Blimbing,
Surabaya, East Java
Open daily from 12pm-11pm
Price: Rp.19,000/US$1.40 per portion


Started her career as a food writer in 2012, Jessicha Valentina is the online editor of Good Indonesian Food. Jessicha has loved Sayur Asem since she was a wee kid and spends her free time trying to cook it.

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