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 like 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 Traveller 😉
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.
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.
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!
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.
NOW you may eat your soto. And enjoy, every single spoon of it!
When you come to Indonesia, make sure soto is on your breakfast list!