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Of all the variety of soups among Indonesian culinary, Soto Ayam is probably one of the most popular ones across the country. Although each region has its own version of Soto Ayam, all have similarities in ingredients.
The recipe I’m sharing here is Soto Ayam from Jakarta. It is the clear chicken soup that is usually enjoyed with hard-boiled rice cakes and cellophane noodles. But of course, you can always have the chicken soup on its own if you like. And often Indonesians have the soup with plain rice.
You may wonder why this recipe calls for boiling the chicken twice. Literally.
Let me explain.
When you want to make soup with any meat, it is recommended to boil your meat first, drain and throw the water. Because the water from the first boil will have all the impurities of the meat as you can see there is dirty foam on top of the water. And you don’t want that in your soup.
In fact, it is best practice to always pre-boil your meat before cooking so that we can cook the meat get softened faster, get rid of the impurities, and reduce the amount of fat. I do notice the difference in my cooked food when I do this pre-boiling step.
For instance, if I cook meat curry with the meat that has been pre-boiled, somehow the meat tastes fresher.
If you’re having a party, this Indonesian chicken soup is a good choice for the starter. When you do decide to have it as an appetizer, you can skip the rice cakes/ lontong. Just have Soto Ayam on its own or with a few cellophane noodles.
I really hope you find the recipe interesting and makes you want to try to make it. If you did try it, please share how you think of your Soto Ayam in the comments below. Feel free to share the post with anyone who may like it, and don’t forget to pin it in your Pinterest.
Before you go, check out my other recipes that you may like too.
- Indonesian sweetcorn fritters – perkedel jagung.
- Lontong sayur Betawi: hard-boiled rice cakes with vegetable curry from Jakarta.
- Gado-gado Jakarta.
- Ketoprak Jakarta: beansprouts, vermicelli and tofu salad with peanut sauce.
- Indonesian chicken wontons: pangsit ayam.
Thank you and all the best.