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Soto Ayam Recipe

Soto Ayam


Recipe: Soto Ayam

Serves 8-10


2 chicken whole legs or breasts (bone-in)
2 big red onions
5 garlic
2in ginger
4-spices (1 star anise seed, 3 cloves, 3 cardamon & 1-inch cinnamon stick)
Rinsed 5 cups water
1/3 cup coconut milk
Salt and sugar to taste
5 tablespoons vegetable oil


1. Grind onion, garlic and ginger in the blender.
2. In a pot, heat the oil and add the 4-spices until fragrant. Add in the gounded ingredients and stir continuosly until fragrant.
3. Add water and chicken, let it boil. About 30 min.
4. Take the chicken out and let them cool.
5. Add coconut milk into the pot together with salt and sugar to taste. If necessary, add another cup of water.
6. In the meantime, shred the meat of the chicken and add them back into the pot together with the bones. Let it boil for another 15-20min. Serve hot with rice cakes/nasi impit (cut into bite-sized cubes) or vermicelli and bean sprouts.

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28 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. kang at LE

    looks great, I remember I used to have this for breakfast every morning when I was in school :D

    kang at

  2. bananablossom

    Dear Rasa Malaysia,

    My Deepest sympathies to you and your family. Hope you find comfort and peace in this difficult time.

    Hello Salt N Turmeric:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I love soto and I love it with longtong. I will try your recipe-the spices you put sounds delicious. I love your blog too.

  3. Marc @ NoRecipes

    That looks fantastically delicious! I love creamy chicken soups and the coconut milks sounds like the perfect way to make it creamy without being too heavy:-)

  4. Salt N Turmeric

    Anon, they are indeed hearty. ;)

    Worldwindows, I too love the smell of those spices. It makes soto taste even better.

    Wmw, do tell when you try making them ya?

    Joe, are you sure you ate them with pulut or was it nasi impit? ;)

    Kang, how lucky that you had these everyday for breakfast when you were in school!

    Oki, thanks for the info. I will search for the post.

    BananaBlossoms, that was sweet of you and thank you. I hope you will enjoy the soto ayam as much as i do.

  5. Salt N Turmeric

    Marc, yes, coconut milk in chicken soup do works well and delicious for this recipe.

    Wbguy, not when I cook it but food is universal and if you want to put anything in it, it is really up to you. :)

    Oki, thank you for the link. Actually I have googled it yesterday. lol.

    Jean, they are indeed yummy.

  6. piang

    what can i substitute for the cardamon? i have a hard time looking for this kind of spice in the grocery store. is it ok if i left this out from the recipe?

  7. Home economic student

    Hey Salt N Turmeric!

    I have to say that your recipe looks good.I need some help on my practical exam.Can you send me the recipe for 1-2 person? I am looking for 3 malay recipes.Appreciate it if you send it to me okay?Thanks!

  8. hi, it’s my first time to check out your blog and I was greatful to find some recipe from Indonesia. I want to share that so many kind of Soto Ayam, and there was from all the country. We called those: Soto Banjar from Borneo Island or Soto Ayam Lamongan from Java, and they have a little bit difference taste. At my hometown Surabaya, East Java we have some popular soto daging Madura. :)

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