” I gave the soup a quick sip, and it was just delicious beyond my imagination. The chicken broth was flavourful, packing the perfect mix of sourly, savoury and spicy tangs.“
To be honest, when I’ve failed to collect the facts regarding a certain restaurant, I would rather not write about it to avoid any misunderstandings. However, I have decided to make an exception for Soto Ayam Lamongan Cak Har. Despite the staff having zero knowledge about their place of work when I quizzed them, and with everyone’s favourite search engine coming up with no meaningful results whenever I typed in its name on it, its Soto is just too darned delicious to be ignored. Moreover, after seeing the teeming crowds at both its two outlets, I guess I won’t be committing a sin by breaking my own self-imposed rule just the once.
So I visited its outlet on Jalan Arief Rachman Hakim during my culinary adventure in Surabaya. Like its other shop, which I coincidentally passed by on my way over, the parking area was just filled to brim with cars. Inside, the situation was not too different, with a gaggle of customers jostling with each other in order to get a table. Fortunately, I got myself a seat as soon as I walked in.
In less than five minutes, my Soto had arrived. Inside the bowl, I found chicken slices, rice vermicelli, and slices of cabbages. As the aroma of the chicken broth wafted through the air, my appetite was whetted even more. Without a moment’s hesitation, I dropped a spoonful of Koya (a shrimp-based condiment) into my Soto, along with some lime kaffir and chilli. I gave the soup a quick sip, and it was just delicious beyond my imagination. The chicken broth was flavourful, packing the perfect mix of sourly, savoury and spicy tangs.
The one downside from the place is the lack of air conditioner. The hot Soto, combined with the humid weather outside, left me sweating like a pig. But with a meal that good that needed my attention, I really couldn’t care less.
Jl. Arief Rachman Hakim
Surabaya, East Java
T: 0857 0426 5904
Open daily from 8am-9pm
Rp.25,000/US$1.90 per person