Soto Recipe: A Flavorful Indonesian Soup Delight

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Soto is a traditional Indonesian soup known for its aromatic broth and hearty ingredients. This beloved dish varies in preparation across the Indonesian archipelago, but it typically consists of meat (such as chicken, beef, or mutton), vegetables, rice cakes, and a richly spiced broth. Soto is enjoyed throughout Indonesia as a comforting and nourishing meal, often served with rice or as a standalone dish.


For Broth:

2 lbs chicken pieces (with bones for flavor)

8 cups water

2 stalks lemongrass, bruised

4 kaffir lime leaves

3-inch piece galangal, sliced

3 cloves garlic, smashed

1-inch piece ginger, sliced

2 teaspoons coriander seeds

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

Salt to taste

For Garnish and Serving:

Cooked rice noodles or rice cakes

Hard-boiled eggs, halved

Bean sprouts

Sliced green onions

Fried shallots

Fresh cilantro

Lime wedges

Sambal or chili paste (optional)


In a large pot, combine chicken pieces, water, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, garlic, ginger, coriander seeds, turmeric powder, and salt. Bring the broth to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the chicken is tender and the flavors have melded. Remove the chicken from the broth and shred the meat, discarding the bones and skin. Set aside. Strain the broth to remove any solids, then return it to the pot and bring it back to a simmer. To serve, divide the cooked rice noodles or rice cakes among serving bowls. Top with shredded chicken, hard-boiled eggs, bean sprouts, sliced green onions, fried shallots, and fresh cilantro. Ladle the hot broth over the ingredients in each bowl. Serve Soto hot with lime wedges and sambal or chili paste on the side for those who prefer extra heat.


Enjoy Soto as a comforting and nourishing meal, perfect for any time of the day. Whether served as a standalone dish or accompanied by rice, Soto is sure to warm your soul with its aromatic broth and flavorful ingredients.

Soto is more than just a soup it's a culinary journey through the diverse flavors of Indonesia. With its richly spiced broth and hearty ingredients, Soto offers a taste of Indonesian comfort that's sure to delight any palate.