The Legendary Taste of Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi
With a population of around 3 million people, the city of Surabaya is one of Indonesia’s major cities. The city serves as a transportation hub either to change buses or trains on the way to Bali or Middle Java region. If you find yourself staying in Surabaya, you can take advantage of the many budget restaurants in Surabaya, which offer every kinds of dish starting from traditional Indonesian specialties to more international cuisine. One of the restaurants that offer unique soto dish is the legendary restaurant of Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi.
Located at Jl. Ambengan 3A City Centre, Surabaya, this warung or food stall that has the name of H. Sadi or Pak Sadi (Mr. Sad) is already considered as legendary eateries among Surabayan food lovers. The restaurant itself has the dish called soto as the main signature dish. Soto is a traditional Indonesian food that features traditional chicken stew dishes, with lemon grass and coriander flavored soups as well as other complementary such as small slices of meat, bean sprouts and other vegetables.
Although Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi only offers one menu, which is Soto Ambengan, it has gained quite a huge fame from both citizens of Surabaya and tourists. This is probably due to the unique savory taste of the Soto that is offered here, namely Soto Ambengan, that has a pretty distinct flavor that separates it from other soto dishes around the region. According to Mr. Sadi, the owner of the establishment, his soto is not different from other soto dishes which are widely circulating in Surabaya region. Just like any other soto dishes, his soto also uses the same thick yellow sauce as the soup base and contained vermicelli, slices of meat and chicken skin, egg slice, and koya or poya, powder made from grated coconut, prawn crackers and garlic. This koya powder, however, is different than other koya powder made by other soto establishments. Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi only uses koya powder that uses 5:5 ratio, five pounds of shrimp crackers mixed with five kilogram of garlic, where as others only make koya with ratio of 5:1. This koya powder is the main reason why Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi taste different with other soto, which provide the soto with more savory and delicious taste.
The famous Soto Ayam Ambengan consists mainly of chicken meat and skins, eggs, white rice, vermicelli, chopped cabbage and chicken broth. Usually the food lovers mixed the broth with the special koya powder, crackers or kerupuk, chili sauce and lime for a refreshing taste. Some people might add soy sauce or sweet soy sauce, according to their own taste. One bowl of Soto Ayam Ambengan is priced ranging from IDR 12.000,- to IDR 18.000,- and most people would order iced tea for IDR 3.500,- for their drinks. In addition to soto menu, there is also Madura Beef soto menu priced from IDR 14.000,- to IDR 18.000,- which determines the soto complementary such as babat or tripe, kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, jeroan or bowel and special, a mixture of all. Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi opens daily from 07.30 AM in the morning until 21.30 PM late at night.
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