A word about “Yang ada kuah”
The dishes in this section shouldn't really be thought of as
soups. Rather they are dishes in which the vegetables are cooked
in broth just to add flavor to them. When eaten, the vegetables are
usually spooned out onto rice. A small amount of the broth might be
added, but these aren't considered soups in the Western sense. Only in
the case of soto ayam do Javanese sometimes do the
rice into the soto—but again it's a matter of individual taste.
All the dishes in this section are considered good for people with
colds and the flu.
In general, Solonese love these dishes. In the words of a friend after
eating at an expensive Indian retaurant in Jakarta, “Saya pilih yang
sederhana saja—yang ada kuah saja” [I prefer just something
simple—just something with broth].