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How to Cook Soto Ayam at Home?

Indonesian chicken noodle soup

I came across the lively bustling of a traditional market right in the middle of Jogjakarta. The distinctive aroma of Soto Ayam penetrated the air, telling stories of traditions, heritage, and family.

The cook welcomed me into the kitchen with a glimmer in her eyes and told me about their ancestors’ lives and the creativity that went into creating this beloved dish.

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As I watched her cook, she revealed the secret ingredient: a dash of family history. With every layer of taste she created, I was more intrigued and fell deeper in love with the dish!

I can taste the centuries-old custom that has been handed down through the generations every time I make that hot bowl of soto ayam.

It’s more than simply a meal; it’s an ode to the culture and a reminder that, like the recipe, our tales are intended to be shared and indulged in.

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Tips and tricks for flavorful soto ayam

These are just some of the special things I like to do while making my soto ayam to make the experience even more delightful.

  • Make your own chicken stock

If you have enough time, prepare your own chicken stock by boiling chicken wings or bones. This will improve your broth’s taste.

  • Always use fresh ingredients

Pick fresh lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and scallions. The soup’s overall flavor is greatly enhanced by the use of fresh ingredients.

  • Marinate the chicken

Marinate the chicken with a little amount of ground spice paste and a touch of salt before cooking. Let it sit for at least thirty minutes.

  • Lime zest

Add a little lime zest to the broth to intensify the citrus taste. A little goes a long way, so do not add too much.

  • Personalize your soup

Let everyone create their own bowls by either adding additional sambal for the spice lovers or soy sauce, fish sauce, or other condiments. This way, everyone has the best soup, crafted according to their tastes.

Side dishes to serve with soto ayam

Here are some typical Indonesian side dishes that combine nicely with soto ayam.

  • Sambal

Sambal is a traditional side dish with soto ayam. It provides a kick of spice and some heat.

  • Rice

Even though soto ayam contains rice vermicelli, it’s typical to serve it with steaming white rice on the side.

  • Pickled vegetables (Achar)

A cool and acidic touch might come from a side of achar, a pickled vegetable relish made mostly with cucumber, carrot, and shallots.

  • Satay

Grilled chicken or beef satay skewers with a serving of peanut sauce can be served alongside soto ayam. The peanut sauce and grilled meats enhance the soup’s flavor.

  • Gado-Gado

This tasty and nourishing side dish is an Indonesian salad with hard-boiled eggs, tofu, and mixed veggies dressed with peanut sauce.

  • Fresh Vegetables (Lalapan)

Make a salad with tomato wedges, lettuce, and fresh cucumber slices, and you have the perfect side with soto ayam.

How do I store soto ayam?

Before refrigerating, let the soto ayam cool to room temperature. Pour the soup into jars that can be sealed tightly. You can refrigerate it for a maximum of 3-4 days.

Consider freezing soto ayam if you plan to store it for a long time. Label the containers with the date for reference. You can freeze soto ayam for 2-3 months.

Consider freezing soto ayam if you plan to store it for a long time. Label the containers with the date for reference. You can freeze soto ayam for 2-3 months.

Ending note

This simple bowl represents the joy that comes from maintaining the culinary tradition and the legacy of shared memories. Savoury this delicious meal with your loved ones and make memories enjoying the taste of Indonesia. Happy cooking!

Indonesian chicken noodle soup

Soto Ayam

Soto Ayam secret ingredient: a dash of family history. With every layer of taste she created, I was more intrigued and fell deeper in love with the dish!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 4
Calories 312 kcal


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1  lemongrass, bruised.
  • 1  whole chicken
  • 1.5 litres water
  • 3 scallions, chopped.
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2  kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • Fried onion for garnish
  • Lime wedges for garnish
  • 12 oz. rice vermicelli
  • 1 tomato, cut into cubes for garnish.
  • Thinly sliced cabbage
  • Short bean sprouts or mung bean sprouts
  • Chili paste or sambal for serving.

Ground Spices

  • 100 gr. shallots
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 4  candlenuts
  • 2 inch turmeric.
  • 2 inch ginger


  • Heat two tablespoons of vegetable oil in a big saucepan over medium heat. Add the ground spices, i.e., shallots, garlic, candlenuts, turmeric, and ginger, and sauté until fragrant.
    Stirring ground spices
  • Now add the bruised lemongrass to the saucepan and sauté it for a few more minutes. Toss the chicken into the saucepan as well and cook it until the color changes.
  • Add the water to the pot and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat to a simmer and stir in the bay leaves, kaffir lime leaves, and sliced scallions. Simmer for about 45 to 60 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked to perfection. Now take the chicken out of the pot, shred it, and set it aside.
    Boiling chicken soup
  • Boil the eggs and cut them in half. Follow the instructions on the package and cook the rice vermicelli, drain, and set it aside as well.
  • Chop the tomato into small cubes. Thinly slice the cabbage, and fry the onions for garnishing.
  • Arrange some rice vermicelli, eggs, shredded chicken, tomato cubes, and sliced cabbage in serving bowls. Add as much or as little as you'd like, and pour the hot chicken broth.
    Indonesian chicken noodle soup
  • Add lime wedges and fried onions to each bowl as garnish. Also, sprinkle mung or short bean sprouts on top. Serve hot with sambal or chili paste on the side.
Keyword Easy Soto Ayam Recipe, Indonesian Chicken Noodle Soup

Maya Sari

I'm Maya Sari, a passionate East Culinary food blogger here to share with you the secrets of the mouthwatering flavors of East Asian cuisine

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