Yogyakarta: Warung Soto Kadipiro


“Aesthetically, its Soto Ayam looks similar to those that you would find anywhere else. What sets it apart, though, is the deliciousAyam Goreng (fried chicken) that you can order separately.

Yogyakarta is a utopia for authentic food hunters with its veritable cornucopia of lip-smacking local dishes, one of them being Soto Ayam (chicken soup). Chief among the host of eateries serving this delicacy is Soto Kadipiro, a well-known joint that has been around even before this country gained its independence as a nation.

Established in 1921, there are a few outlets that bear the name Soto Kadipiro in the neighbourhood. Business-wise, they’re not related in any way. Biologically, however, the owners behind these shops are actually siblings, yet each churns out its own brand of Soto Ayam.

I had the opportunity to pay a visit to the original Soto Kadipiro shop – well, at least according to the sign on its wall that says “Warung Soto Kadipiro Since 1921”. One of the other Soto Kadipiro shops has a hoarding in front of it that says “Soto Kadipiro II Since 1973”. I’m at the right place, then.

Housed in a classic one-storey building, it has a vintage wooden door as an entrance and can fit up to 80 people. It would start serving Soto Ayam from 8am until 2pm, but it could close earlier depending on supplies.

Aesthetically, its Soto Ayam looks similar to those that you would find anywhere else. What sets it apart, though, is the delicious Ayam Goreng (fried chicken) that you can order separately. Comprising rice, chicken slices, tomatoes, cabbage and bean sprouts, you will also be given a special sambal on the side. Its use of turmeric in the chicken broth mixture lends it a yellowish colour and a refreshing zest that takes the Soto Ayam to the next level.

Jl. Wates KM 3,
Yogyakarta
Open daily from 8am-2pm
Price: 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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