Soto (food) - Varieties


Many town areas have their own regional versions of soto, so sotos can be classified by regional style:

  • Ambon soto, It is made of chicken and broth, flavored and colored with turmeric, ginger, galangal, garlic (the three g's), lemongrass and loads of spices. Served with rice, the add-ins and toppings are blanched bean sprouts, shredded chicken, glass noodles, chopped celery leaves, golden fried shallots, fried potato sticks, kecap manis, hot sauce, and tiny potato croquettes. A healthy squeeze of lemon china, a really fragrant citrus, really brightens up the soup.
  • Bandung soto, a clear beef soto with daikon pieces.
  • Banjar soto, spiced with star anise, clove, cassia and lemongrass and sour hot sambal, accompanied with potato cakes.
  • Banyumas soto or sroto Banyumas or sroto Sokaraja, made special by its peanut sambal, usually eaten with ketupat.
  • Betawi soto, made of beef or beef offal, cooked in a whitish cow milk or coconut milk broth, with fried potato and tomato.
  • Kediri soto, a chicken soto in coconut milk.
  • Kudus soto, made with water buffalo meat due to local taboos of the consumption of beef.
  • Lamongan soto, a popular street food in various Indonesian metropolitan areas, a variation of the Madura soto.
  • Madura soto or soto Sulung/soto Ambengan, made with either chicken, beef or offal, in a yellowish transparent broth.
  • Makassar soto or coto Makassar, a beef and offal soto boiled in water used to wash rice, with fried peanut.
  • Medan soto, a chicken/pork/beef/innards soto with added coconut milk and served with potato croqutte (perkedel). The meat pieces are fried before being served or mixed.
  • Padang soto, a beef broth soto with slices of fried beef, bihun (rice vermicelli), and perkedel kentang (fried mashed potato).
  • Pekalongan soto or tauto Pekalongan, spiced with tauco (a fermented miso-like bean paste).
  • Semarang soto, a chicken soto spiced with candlenut and often eaten with sate kerang (cockles on a stick)
  • Soto Bangkong, chicken soto in small personal serving; mixed with rice, perkedel, tempe, and satay of cockles, tripes, and quail eggs. Named after Bangkong crossroad in Semarang.
  • Tegal soto or Sauto Tegal, almost same with Pekalongan soto spiced with tauco (a fermented miso-like bean paste). Sauto can be chicken soto, beef soto, or even beef offal.

Other sotos are named based on their chief ingredient:

  • Soto ayam is chicken in a yellow spicy broth with lontong, nasi empit, ketupat (rice compressed by cooking wrapped tightly in a leaf, then sliced into small cakes), or vermicelli, commonly found in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.
  • Soto babat is a cow's or goat's tripe, served in yellow spicy coconut milk soup with vermicelli, potato, and vegetables, usually eaten with rice. It is commonly found throughout Indonesia.
  • Soto kaki (lit. "foot soto") is made of beef tendon and cartilage taken from cow's feet, served in yellow spicy coconut milk soup with vermicelli, potato, vegetables, and krupuk, commonly eaten with rice. It is Betawi food and can found in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Soto tangkar also Betawi specialty soto made of chopped cow's ribs (Betawi:tangkar) and beef brisket cooked in coconut milk soup spiced with turmeric, garlic, shallot, chili, pepper, candlenut, caraway, galangal, coriander, cinnamon, Indonesian bay-leaf and lemon leaf.
  • Soto mi (spelled mee soto in Singapore and Malaysia), is a yellow spicy beef or chicken broth soup with noodles, commonly found in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. Bogor, Indonesia, is famous for its soto mi made with beef broth, kikil (cow's cartilage), noodles, and sliced risoles spring rolls.
  • Soto babi is pork soto from Hindu majority Bali island.

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