Soto is de facto the national soup of Indonesia. Almost all part of the country has its own interpretation of this dish. Sometimes they call it a little bit different too. One of the most popular types is soto Banjar from South Kalimantan.
Soto Banjar extensively uses spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves. Some restaurant even adds a little bit of milk to make the soup thicker. The fillings are usually fried mashed potatoes, eggs, carrot, and ketupat. In other words, it is vastly different from other variants. Here are the best restaurants to enjoy the original Soto Banjar in Banjarmasin.
Soto Banjar H. Anang Ayam Bapukah
The special feature of this restaurant is its presentation, especially with its meat. Instead of mixing the sprinkling the meats on top of the soup, they present it in a different plate. As with many similar restaurants, you can also enjoy the soto here with sate. Also, the restaurants are at Sungai Baru, Central Banjarmasin, Banjarmasin City, South Kalimantan.
Depot Kenanga Soto Banjar Spesial
This restaurant specializes in providing unique soto. It has been operating for decades, and they have been successful with their original taste. In particular, the soup is rather greasy and more savory. The restaurant is rather spacious with a large parking lot. Furthermore, you can find Depot Kenanga at Jl. Kp. Melayu Darat No.19, RT. 10, Melayu, Central Banjarmasin, Banjarmasin.
Warung Novi Soto Banjar
This is a night food stall that is popular for locals. You can eat the soto with rice or ketupat. It is indeed one of the favorite dining stalls in Banjarmasin. Also, they only use locally-bred chicken for their soto, making it even more unique. Lastly, you can enjoy their soto at Jl. Haryono MT No.115, Kertak Baru Ilir, Central Banjarmasin, Banjarmasin.
Soto Banjar Rina Kuin
Located in the Kuin area, this restaurant is another authentic soto you can have in Banjarmasin. The presentation is a bit simplistic, but the flavors are all there. Furthermore, you can enjoy the soto here with rice and sate Banjar. In addition, the combination of the two vastly different dishes creates a unique culinary experience. Finally, you can find this restaurant at Kuin Cerucuk, West Banjarmasin, Banjarmasin City.
Soto Bang Amat
This is one of the most popular places to try Soto Banjar in its home turf. The striking part of the dish here is the many delicious filling you can have there. You can add eggs, some vegetables, noodles, and even more meat if you so desire. Additionally, there is usually a home band that plays live music. Lastly, Soto Bang Amat is at Jalan Banua Anyar No. 6, Benua Anyar, East Banjarmasin, Banjarmasin.
If you have the chance to go to Banjarmasin, you definitely have to try their soto Banjar. You might be able to enjoy them in other cities but having it in its original place will give more authenticity of your culinary experience.