Beef Soto (Indonesian Beef Soup)


A traditional Indonesian dish cooked with South-East Asian spices, incredibly flavorful dish. Beef Soto is an Indonesian hearty traditional soup, mainly consisting of delicious slow cooked broth with vegetables and tenderized meat. A similar soup dish utilizing chicken and chicken broth is also available.

Servings: 4


  • 1 kg Beef, cubed
  • 2 medium Carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 cups White Radish, cubed
  • 1 cups Cabbage, shredded
  • 1 Tomato, cut into wedges
  • Shallots, finely chopped (garnish)

Soup and Spices:

  • 1.5 lt Beef stock
  • 2 tbs Tamarind paste
  • 1 quill Cinnamon, whole
  • 3 Cloves, whole
  • 1 stick Lemongrass, bruised
  • 3 Kaffir lime leaves
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • Salt Pepper to taste


  1. Combine soup and spices ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil and turn down heat to simmer. Add Beef and simmer for 20 mins.
    Note: Skip this step if beef is already cooked as part of meat stock making process.
  2. Add Carrots and simmer for 10 mins.
  3. Add Radish, Cabbage and Tomato. Turn heat off and let it sit for 5 mins.
  4. Take out spices out of the soup and serve in a bowl, garnish with Shallots.

Other South-East Asian Recipes:


Chicken Soto (Indonesian Chicken Soup)

Chicken Soto is a popular Indonesian chicken soup street food. Its flavourful soup cooked in South-East Asian spices guarantee to make you come back for more.


Indonesian Oxtail Soup

A warming soup very popular dish in Indonesia. This is a hearty and delicious soup recipe you will never forget.