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. A similar soup dish utilizing beef and beef broth is also available.

Serving: 4


  • 2 cups Chicken, shredded
  • ¼ medium Cabbage, shredded
  • 1 large Tomato, chopped
  • Hard-boiled Egg, to serve
  • Bean sprout, to serve
  • Lime wedge, to serve
  • Shallot, chopped (garnish)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 1.5 lt Chicken stock (if stock is thick, use half stock-half water)
  • ½ cup Coconut milk (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind paste
  • 1 stick Lemongrass, mid-section
  • 1 thumb-size Ginger, crushed
  • 3 Kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Spice Paste:

  • 1 stick of Lemongrass, white part only
  • 1 Red onion
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder


  1. Discard the hard woody part of Lemongrass. Cut the lemongrass into two sections, pale part and green (mid-section) part. Bruise the green section of Lemongrass by pounding it with the blunt side of a knife or bottle base.
  2. Combine stock ingredients in a large soup pot, bring to a boil, then turn heat down to simmer for 20 mins.
  3. While the soup is simmering, blend all Spice paste ingredients in a food processor, add a little water for easy blending.
  4. In a small skillet, sautee spice paste until aromatic and semi-dry.
  5. Add Chicken, Cabbage and Tomato into the soup pot. Give them a quick stir and then turn off heat. Let the soup sit for 5 minutes before serving.
    Note: If chicken is raw, simmer the chicken for 5 minutes first before adding the vegetables.
  6. Serve Chicken Soto in a soup bowl, add Bean sprout, Egg and Shallot on top. Serve with a wedge of Lime.

Other South-East Asian Recipes:


Beef Soto (Indonesian Beef Soup)

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Indonesian Oxtail Soup

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