Soto manggala is a must-try traditional soup of Kotawaringin Barat. Manggala is local word for cassava. Usually served only for breakfast, this clear soup is light in taste, but heavy in main ingredient.
The ingredients include: 1 kg of cassava, 1/2kg of Haruan fish (snakehead murrel – Channa striata) – some local people substitute the fish with chicken, leeks, onion, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 liters of water, garlic, pepper, salt, and chili.
How to cook: first puree the garlic, pepper, and salt. Dice the cassava and boil until half cooked. Remove the water. Boil the minced Haruan fish. Puree the other ingredients and boil until it becomes a broth. Cook the onion. Mix the cassava stew with the herb broth. Soto manggala is ready to serve with celery, fried onions, and sliced omelet as topping. Yummy!