Indonesia has so many types of food, includes soup that you should try at least once in your lifetime. Since there are so many tribes in Indonesia, it makes a lot of regions have a different taste of the soup. Besides, the soup has its unique flavor from one to another such as the most legendary Indonesian snacks in the 90s.
There is a soup with a spicy flavor, the salty one, the sweet but tasteful, and the sourness one. This flavor comes with a great combination of Indonesian local herbs. That is why the taste is so unique and will make you want it more and more.
Now, we will give you some of the famous Indonesian soup from all over the region in Indonesia. Let’s check them out!
Soto is the type of Indonesian soup that very popular in most of the regions in Indonesia. We have no idea where Soto originally come from since there is a lot of type of Soto in Indonesia. There are Soto Betawi, Soto Semarang, Soto Surabaya, Soto Sokaraja, Soto Madura, Soto Medan as the famous food in Medan Indonesia, and many more.
It looks like that every region has a unique Soto. The basic ingredient of Soto is a glass noodle combines with the chicken soup. It serves with a half of lime, rice, and chilly sauce. The taste is so succulent in your mouth and you can eat whenever you want, whether it’s on rainy or summer season.
Rawon is the type of Indonesian soup that almost has a similar kind to Soto. It comes from East Java which made with beef and the Keluwek, so that has a black color on it. The taste is a bit salty as the representative of the East Javanism that they love a salt taste.
Rawon usually serves with rice, chilly sauce with extra spicy one, and also a little bit of lime. The taste of the beef is very strong and the black soup of it becomes the most favorite taste.
Coto has almost similar to Soto, but it comes with the beef inside. If you wondering it is similar to Rawon because of the beef, but the soup is most closely to the Soto. The taste is different from both Soto or Rawon. It has more tasteful than them.
Coto comes from Makasar, South of Sulawesi, and becomes the most popular soup since 1538. It claims as to the snack soup of the Gowa kingdom, and they called it as the Coto Mangkasara as the famous city in Indonesia.
4. Opor Ayam
Opor Ayam is very popular in Indonesia, especially on the Iedh Mubarak day. It is a chicken soup but combines with the coconut milk and some Indonesian herb such as lemongrass, etc. The taste is so strong with herbs inside and so delicious.
Opor Ayam serves with Ketupat, fried chilly sauce, a mix of potato stir-fried and beef. It comes from Central Java and some regions of East Java. It becomes popular in most of the Indonesian region when the Iedh day comes.
5. Sayur Asem
Sayur Asem has the most unique taste because of its sourness from the Javanese Asem. It contains a Melinjo leaf, corn, Melinjo, long beans, beans, and some herbs. All of these ingredients are a type of vegetables so that it fits perfectly for your diet.
The taste of Sayur Asem is kind of close to the Tom Yam from Thailand. But, it has a bit sour at first but then delicious after all. It kind of different with the Javanese Asam on its.
Sayur Asem mostly serves with rice, fried chicken, Tempe, or other Indonesian local food. It usually consumes for lunch as the main menu to refresh your day. It is so good to serve with the local chilly sauce.
6. Empal Gentong
Empal Gentong most similar to Soto, but it comes from beef and the Empal. The name comes from the way it cooked that has a unique technique. It cooked with the Gentong, a traditional pot, with the wooden mango as the burner, not the gas stove.
The taste of Empal Gentong is very unique and delicious. It is so tasteful with the scent of the wooden mango and the Gentong. It contains traditional herbs and serves with rice or Ketupat. It comes from Cirebon, East Java so that the taste is different which made from the local herbs.
Woku is the kind of soup that comes from Manado, North of Sulawesi. Woku soup can be cooked with beef, chicken, fish, or even egg. The soup has a different taste because it has a unique way to cook in a Woku way as the strange ritual only in Indonesia.
Woku has two different methods to cook. You can cook it with the pot or cook it with the leaf. It will make a different taste that so delicious and spicy. The local herbs contain on it to makes the taste more delicious.
8. Lontong Sayur
Lontong Sayur has a similar taste with the Opor Ayam, but it more succulent. It contains the egg or chicken, glass noodles, and the chicken soup as the basic. It is great for breakfast and you can serve it with a cup of hot tea as the unique things you can only find in Jogja.
Lontong Sayur comes from most of Sumatera Island. That is why there are the type of Lontong Sayur Medan, Lontong sayur Padang, and many more.
So, there are 8 Indonesian soups that you should know. Have you ever try them all?