How to make Soto Ayam from scratch (Indonesian chicken soup). 10 easy steps

Soto Ayam is one of the most common and popular dishes in Indonesia. I made it from scratch and am sharing the recipe so you can make it as well. It’s a very tasty soup. If you like these kinds of dishes, do also check out how to make homemade chicken soup.

To make Soto Ayam you would need about 40 minutes in total. It’s not long considering we are making it from scratch.

Fun fact: Soto is considered one of the ten unique foods in east Java


Ingredients for Soto Ayam
ingredients for Soto Ayam
  • Ingredients :
  • 1/2 kg chicken
  • 150 g vermicelli
  • 100 gr tauge
  • 1/2 cabbage
  • 2 eggs (boiled)
  • 6 garlic
  • 6 shallots
  • 4 cm turmeric
  • 4 cm ginger
  • 1,5 tbs salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 pcs lemongrass
  • 2 pcs leek
  • 2 pcs bay leaves
  • 4 pcs of lime leaves
  • 2 branch of celery

Step 1: Blending

Blend onion, turmeric, garlic and ginger with a little bit of water. This will be used later in de recipe for the soup.

Step 2: Leaves

lemongrass, and prepare leek, bay leaves, and lemon leaves

Smash the lemongrass, and prepare leek, bay leaves, and lemon leaves.

Step 3: Soto Ayam in the making

We start with frying only the chicken skin. This contains fat. When the fat is released add the rest of the chicken. Stir it until it becomes like the third picture. At this point add the blended mixture we made in Step 1. Also add the leaves that were prepared in step 2.

Add water, the results is a yellow color soup. The turmeric gives this color. keep it on low fire and continue the following steps.

Step 4: Soto Ayam essentials

For this, we prepare tauge, cabbage, vermicelli, tomatoes, boiled egg, onion leaf and a slice of lemon. In this soup, we used our very own homemade tauge. I call all these ingredients essentials because it’s needed!

Step 5: Sambal Soto (optional)

If you like to make it a bit spicy hot this is a step you can follow. Add some chili, garlic and salt. Grind it, and add a little bit of the soup we made in step 3. It should be on low fire while the other ingredients are in the process.

Step 6: Pepper

add some pepper to the soup

Add some pepper to the soup. By now a little bit of water has evaporated. If too much water got evaporated, just add some more.

Step 7: Time to attend to the chicken

Remove the chicken from the soup. If the skin is in also remove it. The chicken meat is already ready, but we will fry it (with the lid on). After frying for a couple of minutes take it out.

Shred the chicken with 2 forks, careful it’s a bit hot. By frying it, it gives an extra taste to your Soto Ayam.

Step 10: Serve and enjoy

After shredding the, you are ready to serve. Prepare a bowl with tauge, vermicelli, cabbage and chicken. On top of that add the tomatoes, onion leaves, half an egg. Now pour in the soup using (carefully) and add the chicken.

Voila Soto Ayam, ready to eat. It wasn’t that hard in 10 steps you just made delicious Indonesian chicken soup. You can garnish it with crispy fried onion on top.

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