Soto, sroto, tauto or coto is a traditional soup mainly composed of broth, meat and vegetables. It is a common dish, found in many regional variations of Indonesian cuisine. Normally many traditional soups are called soto, whereas foreign and Western influenced soups are called sop.
Soto is sometimes considered Indonesia's national dish, as it is served from Sumatra to Papua, in a wide range of variations. Soto is omnipresent in Indonesia, available in many an open-air eateries and on many street corners to fine dining restaurants and luxurious hotels. Soto, especially soto ayam (chicken soto), is considered as Indonesian counterpart of chicken soup. Because it is always served warm with tender texture, in most of Indonesian households it is considered an Indonesian comfort food.
Introduced to Suriname by Javanese migrants, it is considered part of the national cuisine of that country too, spelled saoto.
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