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Soto Ayam (Chicken Soup)

Enjoy a delectable bowl of Soto Ayam (Chicken Soup) that's hearty and flavorful, with room to add on your favorite toppings.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indonesian, Malaysian
Keyword: Chicken Soup, culture, easy recipes, Indonesian, Malaysian, Soto Ayam
Servings: 2


Soto Ayam Base

  • 1.5 onions
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemongrass
  • 1 inch ginger

Main Ingredients

  • 4 pieces chicken I used dark meat
  • 1.5 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1.5 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp + 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 4 cups water

Other Ingredients (optional)

  • rice vermicelli
  • hard boiled eggs
  • bergedil see notes
  • cilantro


  • Blend onions, garlic, ginger and lemongrass with a bit of water until smooth for the base.
  • In a pot over medium heat, heat up oil and sauté the blended mixture (soto ayam base) for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add cumin and coriander powder and stir before adding chicken. Sauté for 2-3 minutes and pour in water.
  • Stir and bring to a boil. Add salt, sugar and oyster sauce. Stir until well combined and cover until chicken is fully cooked.
  • Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Serve with rice vermicelli noodles/nasi impit, bergedil, egg and other garnish. Enjoy!


*Add whatever toppings you want to this dish.
*For a smoother broth, you can strain the broth with a sieve.
*You can find the recipe for bergedil (potato meat cakes) here.