While in Jakarta, I casually mentioned to our gracious host Tintin Irawati Punjabi (who is a foodie and a famous travel writer) that I love tails :-D So, she brought us to Sop Buntut Ibu Samino Senayan which means "Senayan style tail soup by Mum Samino".
Sop Buntut Ibu Samino is an old name in Jakarta oxtail and there are eight (maybe more) outlets in the sprawling, buzzing Indonesian capital. Tintin brought us to the hot and dusty street side one along Jl. Pakubuwono VI in Jakarta Selatan (South Jakarta). I love it warung style as I find it more interesting this way :-D
I love the opportunity to taste traditional food with local people living here along with the sights and sounds of everyday life - somehow, it's more delicious and it's definitely a richer experience for me.
Sop Buntut Ibu Samino's claim to fame is their oxtail dishes.
This cloudy oxtail soup (sop buntut kuah) had a slight savoury beefiness from the beef, sweetness from the vegetables and a gentle spiciness from spices. Fresh tomatoes provided some sweet tanginess. The oxtail was tender but still had some chew left to keep our jaws engaged.
You can also have oxtail fried with a savoury dark soy sauce blend known as Sop Buntut Goreng. Go for this if you like deeper, more intense savoury flavours. The accompanying bowl of soup is served separately.
This is Indonesia, so fried oxtail is of course also eaten with a blanket of fiery sambal chili :-D Known as Sop Buntut Goreng Balado.
LOL I love the hot spicy kick from this :-D
Ibu Samino also serves several other Indonesian fare like this Bebek Kremes. Fried duck leg wrapped in crispy spice infused rice flour batter.
In Jakarta, they eat everything with these krupuk or fried prawn crackers. The crispy, brittle, quite hard crackers go well with everything, especially things wet like soups or just eat it with sambal chili :-D
First time trying Soda Gembira or Happy Soda. It's simply a condensed milk and fizzy soda mocktail. It's sweet on sweet, so it can be cloying. It's a very popular and old school Indonesian drink. The first fizzy drinks factories in Southeast Asia were in old Jakarta under Dutch rule. When I was a child in 1960s Singapore, bottled soda was still referred to as "Holland water 荷蘭水".
Give this Happy Soda a try, if you haven't before :-D Don't worry, be happy :-D
Besides Ibu Samino, another popular oxtail place I hope to try in Jakarta is Sop Buntut Ibu Henny. Hope it will be soon ;-p
->> If you are an oxtail person, don't leave Jakarta without trying their traditional sop buntut.
Restaurant name: Sop Buntut Ibu Samino Senayan
Address: Jl. Pakubuwono VI, No.11 E Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia.
GPS: -6.236024, 106.789520 / 6°14'09.7"S 106°47'22.3"E
Tel: (021) 9817 5271 / 8634 2001
Hours: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Date visited: 7 Nov 2013
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