What can I say about soups beside the fact that I love soups? To me soup is nourishing. Soup is filling. When taken on a cold rainy day, it is definitely comforting.
I think most folks, across many cultures will vouch for the goodness of that “bowl of hot soup” – for its nutritional value and its good-for-the-health effect.
But there are soups and there are soups. For me two soups stand out above the crowd – partly because of familiarity and also because I have had them so often. They are Sop Soto and Sop Buntut (Oxtail Soup)
Soto is chicken soup enhanced with spices like coriander, cumin, fennel and pepper. You may even add a stalk of lemon grass to render it a little bit tangy. You will definitely be forgiven even if you add a few chicken cubes to your already enriched chicken soup. Ha … ha … we will do anything to enhance the taste of the dishes that we cook. But do remember one thing … moderation … moderation … moderation. We want the spices to subtly enhance not overwhelm.
Soto can be eaten with noodles or lontong. My bowls of soto come with its accompanying sauce – either home-made sambal or soya sauce infused with chilli padi. I bought these accompaniments from local shops selling ready made spices. I feel that they are good enough for my soto.
I like to to have kerupuk too when I am having my bowl of soto. With the kerupuk my serving of soto is complete.
Come enjoy this soto soup with me. Have another bowl if you wish to … Ah … the joy of simple soup!