Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Indonesia Street Eats: Soto Ayam Tidar (Surabaya)

There are few better ways to spend your time in Surabaya than eating your heart out at a street side dive late at night. When my cousins were visiting from Singapore, we did just that. A bowl of Soto Ayam (chicken turmeric soup) on the side of the road, wooden benches, old style glass soda bottles. Tropical heat with a side of night breeze mixed in with street fumes. This is Soto Ayam & STMJ Tidar, a street stall on a street called Tidar.

(STMJ refers to "susu telur madu jahe", which translate to "milk egg honey ginger". It's a traditional health drink).

Soto ayam is a chicken soup made with turmeric, ginger, curcuma, galangal, and more. At Soto Ayam Tidar, the soup is filled with chicken (ayam kampung, aka "village chicken" which is much more flavorful than the farmed kind) and you can choose between meat, skin, or offals, rice noodles, and egg. The best one to get at this place is the soft boiled egg but they were out that night. It's also served with rice either in the soup or on the side.

Now, this part's very important. Top your soup with as much poyah as you'd like. This topping is made with ground up shrimp chips and garlic. Between my cousins, brother, and sis in law, and me, one jar was not enough and we had to ask them for more.

We also got a special treat from another street stall across the street: chicken sate/satay with sweet soy sauce and peanut sauce. There are more stalls on this street, making Jln. Tidar a popular night dining destination.

Soto Ayam and STMJ Tidar
Jln Tidar 155
Surabaya, Indonesia


Indonesia Eats

I recalled this place vividly.

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