As a resident of Jakarta, what would you associate Tangerang with? Pasar Lama Tangerang and Ikea, for sure. But beyond that, despite the endless variety of sustenance available in our own city, we also look around Tangerang for food. Besides Ny. Lauw’s mooncake, perhaps Tangerang’s greatest food “export” is Soto Betawi Haji Mamat.
Soto Betawi Haji Mamat began as a modest soto stall in 1960. Throughout the years, they have upgraded their first outlet and opened a couple more outlets in Tangerang area, including in AEON Mall. Around a year ago, they started expanding to PIK area, followed by Kelapa Gading, Tomang, and Puri. The continuous expansion could mean that in the future, one of their outlets might just be located in your neighborhood.
The Tomang outlet, which is five-month-old this May, is housed at the busy Jalan Mandala Raya. The strategic location is a magnet for all kinds of people, as proven by the diverse clientele around lunch time. There are customers who come with a car; some ride on a motorcycle; and there are even some ladies who come by foot wearing daster. The appeal of Soto Betawi Haji Mamat knows no boundaries.
The number one requested menu at Soto Betawi Haji Mamat is Soto Oseng-Oseng, which serves a plate of your choice of beef or chicken, stir-fried with chili, tomatoes, and herbs, alongside a choice of clear soup or santan (coconut milk) soup. People say that they love the santan soup—made of water, powdered milk, fresh coconut, and special seasoning—for its light texture. I personally will place this santan soup on the guiltier side of the scale, but I get why some people really like it. It tastes sweet and extra milky, plus there is a nice kick of acidity from fresh tomatoes. To balance out the flavor even more, you could scoop in some pickles.
Besides Soto Oseng-Oseng, Soto Betawi Haji Mamat also offers good ‘ol Soto Betawi and Sop Betawi. I don’t know about the other outlets, but the one in Tomang has a nice Es Podeng stall, perfect after a bowl of hot soto.
All in all, I understand how Soto Betawi Haji Mamat is able to capture people’s heart in Tangerang and Jakarta with its flavorful broth. It’s not my number one choice for Soto Betawi, particularly because they don’t serve paru goreng (fried lungs), but I know people who love this soto to bits. Will we see more outlets in the future? No doubt about it.
Soto Betawi Haji Mamat
Also featured on our Tried & Tested: Legendary Soto Betawi in Jakarta article
Price Range: Soto starts at IDR 35K
Address: Jl. Mandala Raya No. 10
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Other outlets: Gading Serpong, AEON Mall, PIK, Kelapa Gading, Plaza Semanggi, Bekasi, and many more
Photography by Lukas Manuel