Soto Ayam Recipe
My brother in-law fell in love with this food after his return from his honeymoon trip to Indonesia a couple of weeks ago. Not long after that my sister in-law asked for a simple recipe to make this very famous Indonesian dish. There are many different type of soto, all differs from the region it comes from. Since I originally come from Central Java, the soto recipe I knew is the one that comes from Java, particularly from Solo, Central Java. And just a moment ago a friend of mine whose currently staying in Amsterdam was asking for the same recipe. So, I thought why not adding it to my blog so that the others could also try out to make this simple, delicious and refreshing food.
Here it is...
You might need :
1 kg or 1 whole chicken
50 gr rice noodle (soak it in warm water)
200gr cabbage ( cut in fine stripes )
4 boiled eggs
5 tbsp fried onions
For the soup
1 ltr water
1 1/4 salt
2cm laos, pressed
1 lemon grass, pressed
2 green onions
3 orange leaves
5 red peppers
10 small red chilly peppers
1. First thing you want to do is cleaning the chicken. If you have the whole chicken, you might want to cut it into pieces. The size and amount is up to your preferences. If you have the already cut one you can just right away proceed to the next step.
2. Boil the water. Add in the salt and chicken. Cook it.
3. Once the chicken is cooked, take 1 liter of the stock. Set the cooked chicken aside.
4. Heat up some cooking oil or if you have a fryer you could use one. Fry the chicken until the outer skin is dried. Cool them. After they're not to hot for you to touch, shred the chicken into small pieces and set it aside. This will be used as the filling in the soup later.
5. Grind the shallots, garlic, ginger, turmeric and pepper using mortal and pestle or a blender machine if you have one. Do it until you get a very fine result.
6. Saute the fine ground spices in a bit of cooking oil (around 3tbsp). Add in the lemon grass, green onion, orange leaves and laos. Do it until the fragrant comes out. Then turn off the heat.
7. Pour the spices into the chicken stock. Cook it. Once it's boiled set it aside.
8. Now for the sambal (spicy sauce). Clean, wash and boil the red peppers and small red chilly pepers. Add in a pinch of salt and grind them, preferably using the mortal and pestle because you don't want to get a very fine result. Mix them. Serve.
9. Arranging the bowl. Put the rice noodle, sliced cabbage, shredded chicken in a bowl and pour the soup into it. Add in a bit of fried onion, celery and lime juice to add up some taste.
10. Add also the sambal up to your preferences.
11. It's ready to serve and enjoy. This warm kind of soup dish is really perfect to be consumed during the cold winter day. Hmmm..yummmm.