Funny that a new Indonesian restaurant opens in the heart of town, but nobody is really toking about it (Sorry pun intended.) I found only one review on Burpple so far, and well, it had to be mine.
Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House at 313 @ Somerset is supposedly the 1st Indonesian Restaurant in Singapore that focuses on Indonesian soups and street snacks.
Through combining their soups with the “Warung” (Indonesian street eatery) concept and iconic logo of “Kentongan”, they hope to present authentic tastes of Indonesia.
Honestly, it is true that some foodies (myself inclusive) are more prone to chasing after ‘hip’ food, but letting others slip under the radar.
Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House was partially full during my lunch visits, and they seemed to have garnered some support from the Indonesian community in Singapore.
The menu focused on soups, and therefore you would find a variety such as Soto Betawi ($8.80 Jakarta Beef Soup), Soto Madura ($8.80), Sop Buntut ($9.50 Oxtail Soup), Sota Ayam ($7.80 Javanese Chicken Soup) and Soto Tangkar (Short Ribs Beef Soup).
Rice dishes such as Ayam Penyet ($8.80), Tanhu Tempe Penyet ($6) and noodles are available.
Perhaps the eatery is stronger in its soup dishes, and therefore I was slightly disappointed with the Ayam Penyet.
Not that it was any bad, but it looked some crunch, some oomph, some flavours. Though fortunately, the rather ‘power’ chilli helped save the entire dish.
The thing I didn’t understand was why the deep fried spring roll had to be cut and soaked in the Soto Mie soup ($7.80), losing its crispiness. Then I learned that this is the way it was served back in Bogor. Something I have learnt.
Still, I wished the soup could have been more flavourful and spicier.
The Mie Ayam Jamur ($6.80) – a chicken and mushroom noodle dish turned out to be a better choice, with an aromatic base (sesame oil?) and it reminded of another version I had in Jakarta before.
I would admit that I have not eaten enough Indonesian street food to vouch for its authenticity.
If you are keen to give it a try, the street snacks of Siomay Bandung ($6.80, mixed steamed fish dumplings), and Roti Bakar ($2.80, Indonesian Chocolate Cheese tart) are popular items within the store too.
Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House
313 Orchard Road #B3-10 313@Somerset Singapore 238895
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm