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Chicken Soup (Indonesian Soto Ayam) Recipe

Indonesian Soto Ayam RecipeChicken Soup (Indonesian Soto Ayam) Recipe.

It is hard not to remember my mum when I cook and smell this Indonesian chicken soup in my kitchen. All my memories back in my mum’s kitchen in my hometown especially her traditional way of cooking. Untuk versi bahasa kunjungi Resep Soto Ayam Cemplung.

This indonesian chicken soup is well known as Soto Ayam in Indonesia. It is a yellow spicy chicken soup served with vermicelli or noodles, thinly sliced cabbage, celery leaves, fried thinly sliced potatoes, fried shallot, hard boiled eggs and chilli sambal and sometimes with sambal kecap manis (sweet soy sauce sambal).

Like Nasi Goreng, different areas have their own different ways of making soto ayam. For example in Jakarta, they have their own soto dish called Soto Betawi, in Surabaya they’ve got Soto Ambengan, and also other area like Soto Banjar, Soto Kudus and Soto Medan.
This recipe is tends more to the taste of East Java region where I came from.

Chicken Soup (Indonesian Soto Ayam) Recipe
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Indonesian
Serves: 6 - 8
  • 800gr chicken breast or boneless thigh, cut into small pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt
  • Water
  • 3 tbs cooking oil
Paste Ingredients:
  • 6 Asian shallots (or 2 french onion)
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 cm ginger (or ½ tsp ginger powder)
  • 1 cm kencur (a type of spice you can get from Asian groceries, you can skip if you don't have it)
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt
Broth Ingredients:
  • 2 spring onions
  • 200 ml thick coconut milk
  • 2 kafir lime leaves
  • 3 salam leaves (you can replace with bay leaves)
  • 2 lemon grass (white part only), bruised
  • 1 tbs fried shallots
  • 6 cups of water
Side dish:
  • cooked vermicelli
  • chilli sambal
  • thinly sliced cabbage
  • celery leaves, chopped
  • cooked white rice
  • fried thinly sliced potatoes
Cooking Instructions:
  1. Boil the chicken together with garlic and turmeric until cooked, then drain.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan, brown the chicken (just enough colour, not too brown otherwise it will dry). Set aside.
  3. Saute the paste until beautifully fragrant.
  4. Boil 6 cups of water in a pot, add the sautéed paste, kafir lime leaves, and lemon grass, cook for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Add chicken, cook for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the coconut milk, turn the heat down, simmer. Taste.
  7. Add fried shallots and chopped spring onion. Turn the heat off.
Serving suggestion:
In a bowl, put rice and then top with vermicelli, sliced cabbage, chopped celery leaves, fried potatoes, and fried shallots. Pour the broth on top and add little bit of sambal (optional).

2 thoughts on “Chicken Soup (Indonesian Soto Ayam) Recipe

  1. Carla Cardoso

    Thank you so much for your Indonesian recipes!
    I been in Bali a few times and I most definitely love the place, people, culture and food! Now, I am learning how to cook those dishes that I tryied and love so much!

    1. ArieArie Post author

      Selamat pagi Carla.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and I’m glad you enjoyed your trip to Bali. I believe that you like the spices too :)

      Most of Indonesian cooking takes time and passion to make it. If you love food and culture, I know it won’t be a problem 😉

      Let me know if you stuck with your cooking and need help!

      I hope you enjoy my blog.

      Ps: have you been to other part of Indonesia ? Yogyakarta is worth a visit. Each place, each island in Indonesia has it’s speciality, different cultures and different languages.
      I’ve got few blog post from my trip to Yogyakarta if you would like to have a look:

      Terimakasih :)


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