“Served with extra fried beef chunks on the side, the Soto Daging comprises rice, fried beef chunks, bean sprouts, cabbage, and celery.“
Soto (soup) lovers in Yogyakarta are more than likely to reserve a special place in their hearts and tummies for Soto Pak Sholeh. Pak Sholeh first got into the culinary trade in 1952 when he sold mixed rice by the roadside. The real star in his arsenal, though, was his Soto Daging (beef soup), so he opted to focus on the dish and ended up opening several outlets in the city. According to one of the staff members there, Pak Sholeh passed away in 2004, leaving his wife to carry on his legacy.
Located on Jalan Wiratama right next to the Museum Monumen Pangeran Diponegoro Sasana Wiratama, the vintage-looking shop is quite capacious and features a vast parking lot that could fit cars and buses. Its acclaimed stock was on display for me to see during my visit, as the place was teeming with customers, leaving its servers and cooks having their hands full as they prepare and deliver bowls upon bowls of its Soto to the baying crowd of patrons.
I sat down at a table right next to the cashier, and in an instant, a waiter suddenly popped up out of nowhere to take down my order. Without a shred of hesitation, I requested its famous Soto Daging, along with a glass of iced tea. After less than five minutes, they were both already in front of me ready to be devoured.
Served with extra fried beef chunks on the side, the Soto Daging comprises rice, fried beef chunks, bean sprouts, cabbage, and celery. The beef chunk plays a pivotal role in the concoction as it was juicy, flavourful, and had a sweet aftertaste – the result of the beef being marinated with herbs before being thrown into the frying pan.
If you’re interested in dropping by, here’s little tip: come early. Its Soto tends to sold out way before its usual closing time.
Jl. Wiratama No. 84,
T: 0274 560 584
Open daily from 6.30am-3pm
Price: Rp.15,000/US$1.10 per person