How to Eat Soto

Chicken Soto

I know I know I have been quiet, but I have been doing some travelling and contemplating! I am back though in this series with DEWlicious food for you to drool over. Are you ready?

Chicken Soto – a chicken soup with rice and shredded chicken.

A pretty simple dish that Indonesians like to eat. Soto is usually breakfast for me, but too often I have it for lunch too. A good chicken soto can always be identified by its broth. The broth should be rich in flavours, the key is there. If the broth is bland, nothing else can help its taste!

There are many types of soto, depending on each area. I personally like my soto with its clear-coloured soup. I especially likeΒ  the ones coming from Semarang or Kudus.

During my recent trip back to my old hometown, Salatiga in Central Java, I visited my favourite soto place. The place is situated in a small aisle and has not changed a bit since 15 years ago. I love the fact that they kept the same flavour throughout the years which means that every time I come back I know what to expect. It’s like walking down memory lane with your tongue and it is a delightful feeling.

Now, how to eat soto like a DEW TravellerΒ  πŸ˜‰

Start with a bowl of soto as such this one. You see how perfect this bowl of soto is? White shredded chicken meat with rice, a bit of bean sprouts with clear broth sprinkled by a bit of herbs and fried red onion.

Chicken Soto

On to the next step. Take a splash of chilli sauce. The chilli sauce for soto should be specific, it shouldn’t be one coming out of a bottle. It should be crushed, where you can still see its seeds, fresh with a bright almost orange colour. I also like my soto with a bit of sweet soya sauce. Sweet soya sauce people, not the salty one. Sweet soya sauce should be thick and well, sweet, obviously.

Chicken Soto

Because soto is a very simple dish, people almost always have side dishes with it. The most important is crackers. Now, Indonesians love their crackers and we almost have a gazillion types to choose from but for me “karak” is the best suited for soto. Karak should look rusty, brown colour with a great crunch in it once you bite it. Perfecto for soto!

Chicken Soto

The next side dish could actually be anything you like. My favourites include fried tempe, fried crushed potato or sweet soya sauce marinated quail eggs. This one here is with fried tempe which I think is just heavenly.

Chicken Soto

NOW you may eat your soto. And enjoy, every single spoon of it!

Chicken Soto

When you come to Indonesia, make sure soto is on your breakfast list!

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18 Comment

  1. Now you make me hungry, girl. Where do I get a good soto here in Bali >.<

    1. You better come to Jogja and I’ll show you a great yummy place to eat soto πŸ™‚

  2. weekend ini menu gw soto ayam jg sepanci πŸ™‚

    1. Wow sepanciiiii??? Ada soto ayam mak nyus deket rumah gw, deket sawah, tertarik kak?? πŸ˜‰

  3. jadi kangen kuah soto segeran (ga pake santan) … celeguk

    1. AKu juga suka yang ga pake santen mas, lebih seger slurrrppp

  4. I had one in Vietnam, but I’m not sure if it was called soto or it was just another local pho :). Great tips on how to eat it. I loved it and wish I could try it again.

    1. I guess the one in Vietnam is Pho. I know Soto is very Indonesian, although there might be similar soups with different name in SEA too. You should come to Indonesia and have Soto with me πŸ™‚

  5. I think I only had soto once in Jogja and it wasn’t very good soto. Next time I’m in Jogja (I can always dream right?) I’ll let you know πŸ™‚

    1. This Soto is in Salatiga but I have several restos in Jogja that serve amazing Soto. I’ll be more than happy to take you for a bowl or two Angela! πŸ™‚

  6. SOTO!! my grandma often cook this at my home, and it taste really good… can’t wait for another one soon πŸ˜€

    1. I love Soto too, such comfort food πŸ™‚

  7. This looks HEAVENLY! And so simple. Thanks πŸ™‚

    1. Soto is both simple and heavenly. You should give it a try Sally πŸ˜‰

  8. Soto is exactly what I’ve been craving for these past few days. Soto Bangkong, Soto Madura, Soto Sulung, hmmmm….
    I enjoy my soto with perkedel (balled-up mashed potatoes infused with shallots and minced meat, then fried – YUM!) and tempe bacem (don’t really know how to describe how it’s made, sorry, LOL)

    1. Nyam nyam…come to Jogja and I’ll take you to Soto Sawah πŸ™‚

  9. […] Soto is my favourite breakfast dish as it is refreshing and delicious. It is rice served with a generous pour of chicken broth with bits of chicken, bean sprouts and sometimes vermicelli depending on what kind of soto you eat. There are a lot of different kinds of soto in Indonesia, each region has their own unique twist. The ones I usually eat are made of chicken but you can also find beef soto. […]

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