Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Eid Open House Menu 4 - Chicken Soto / Soto Ayam

chicken soto
It is already the month of November. Today is my Big-Day. And the whole world is waiting for it. Of course for a totally different reason but it is nevertheless, still exciting. For this special day, I thought I would post my chicken soto recipe. I think it is rather appropriate since it is raining today and having some soupy dish when it rains is just so good. Of course, Soto is just good regardless of the weather condition.

soto ayamChicken Soto or Soto Ayam is what this is normally called. It comes in a set of rice cake and soup, garnishes with shredded chicken, sweet chili soy sauce, bean sprout and bergedil. However, I did not make any bergedil since I already had so much food. Back home, you can find a ready-made chicken soto paste which is called 'sop bonjot' but I never used it. I find the result to be too watery and not to my liking. So if there is 1 thing that I make from scratch, soto ayam is it.

I learned to make soto ayam from my aunt in Johor. That was 1 of the many dishes served during Eid. Once I have mastered (*wink*) the know-how to make soto ayam, it became my duty to make them for our yearly Eid openhouse. I have even had to make them for my friend's openhouse and my cousin's openhouse. Of course then when I made soto ayam, it would be for like 100 people and no measurements required. Everything is by-ear measurement. Now that I am married and living away from home, I learned to make it in smaller portion and with measurement so I can share them with other people.

Chicken Soto / Soto Ayam
serves 2-3

1 piece chicken thigh,bone-in (u can also use 2 pieces for this recipe)
4 cardamon seed
4 cloves
2 star anise
2in cinnamon stick
4-5 tablespoon oil1/2 cup santan (coconut milk)

B. (Blended)
4 shallots
1 onion
4 garlic
2in ginger

Rice cake / Ketupat
Fried tung hoon - fried and crushes (optional)
Fried shallot

1. In a pot, heat the oil and add the cardamon, cloves, star anise and cinnamon. Stir for about 1-2 min.

2. Add in B and stir for another 4-5min.

3. Add in the chicken and water enough to cover the chicken, (about 1.5-3 cups). 2 tsp salt and 1 tbsp sugar. Keep flipping the chicken and continue boiling for abt 15-20min. Once the chicken is cooked, take it out and let it cool down.

4. Add another cup of water and the coconut milk. (The blended ingredients and coconut milk will make the soup thicker and that is wht we want. So make sure you dont add too much water.

5. Let it boil and then only you add more salt and sugar to taste.

6. Shred the chicken and put the bones back in the soup. You can also put the shredded chicken meat back into the soup if you like.

Chili Soy Sauce

4-5 thai chili (more if you like it spicier)
Sweet soy sauce (I use habhal brand)
Lime juice

Pound thai chili using mortar and pestle. If you are making a lot, you can use the blender. Add in the rest of the ingredients

Soto Ayam - Guest Blogging


Kitchen Flavours said...

Looks awesome. Something i never heard of. With so many spices it would b tasting divine.

Yatie_T said...

your soto looks so delicious and I am so proud of you. You can be a chef Farina now. :) It'll make me feels better if I can have some of this.... considering what's going on with me lately. Did you get your biopsy test result yet? I hope every thing is okay.

biz319 said...

Hey Farina! That looks so good - have never heard of it either!

Hope all is well considering the other comment!

Take care

Rasa Malaysia said...

It works again???

Happy Birthday!

Rasa Malaysia said...

I was using Firefox.

Tastes of Home said...

totally agree that soup is great on a cold day! actually ,soupy stuff to me is great any day hehe

Salt N Turmeric said...

Lubna, thank you. And it is divine indeed!

Yatie, thanks for asking. Yes, the result came out good. yay!

Biz319, if you love soup, you'l love this chicken soto. Thank you for asking, yes all is well. :)

BeeYinn, thank you! Yelah, it works fine on firefox and safari thus the note to I.E. users.

Jannie, soto ayam with extra sambal kicap. kaw kaw! lol.

Jun said...

farina, feel like eating soto plak la..aiseh malasnyer nak buat..hehe.

noobcook said...

I love soto! the ones served here are with yellow mee, I have never seen with ketupak... it looks really good & professionally made. seems like I get a craving from whatever you are posting here, haha ... happy birthday! :)

tigerfish said...

I have not eaten soto ayam for like more than 10 yrs!!!!?

Happy Birthday :D

Sarclover said...


Soto is not soto without begedils. those scrumptious little deep fried potato balls are actually easy to make. i was not expecting it to be that easy... Haha!!! put one in your soto and you're in heaven!

MamaFaMi said...

Alamak... miss your birthday! Happy belated birthday dearie...

I love soto very much, cuma malas nak buat je. But I must get over my kemalasan soon la.. too much already... hahaha... membebelkan diri sendiri!

Salt N Turmeric said...

Jun, u kalau buat ramai askar boleh makan so berbaloi kalau buat. ;)

Wiffy, soto with yellow mee?? definitely not for me. I only eat soto ayam with ketupat or meehoon or both.

Tigerfish, 10yrs w/o soto ayam? cannot lah like tht. :P

Sarclover, i made soto ayam for my openhse and i had so many other stuff too. I was just too tired to make another dish. Yg penting ada chili kicap im happy. ;)

Thanks for the wish Mama. Apa yg malsnya. Tengok kat blog mama byk aje makanan. :P

sari tjio said...

It looks different from Indonesian SOto ayam.. though i am sure it is not less delicious!
Ours is really yellow from the turmeric, and we eat it with rice and emping chips (melinjo chips)..
it is served with beansprout and/or shreded white cabbage.

Yatie_T said...

Happy Belated B'day. :) Can u email me your new tel#? Thanks.

HomeKreation said...

Your birthday...? I must wish you too... I wish you whatever you would wish for yourself and all happiness in the world for you. Happy Birthday!
Hmmm miss soto... a lot of nasi impit in stock...now motivated to make, let's wait till weekend. By the way, did you make begedil with it?

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Definitely looks good! I don't think I've tried this before, but I want to now. I love the different accompaniments and condiments.

Jo said...

I simply can't believe you are making all these delicious Msian goodies from where you are. Now I'm wishing I had soto ayam for lunch.

ICook4Fun said...

Sorry Farina, tak tahu is your Birthday. Happy Belated Birthday to you. I suka Soto Ayam especially the one kat Kampong Baru. Maybe I will try to cook this one day when I can find more people to eat it :)

Salt N Turmeric said...

Sari, yes indonesian soto use turmeric powder. we dont put kerupuk belinjau/melinjo in our soto but i do love them! its sad tht i cant find them here anymore.

Yatie, thank you for the wish.

Roz, thank you. I tak buat bergedil. dah tak memang tangan nak memasak so many things. :)

Eatingclub, if you cant find rice cake/ ketupat, you can use vermicelli noodle. hope you'l like it.

Jo, i kno! hehe but im glad i did it and tht my guests went home happy. ;)

Gert, thank you. Soto in kg baru? not sure if iv had it there before. i go there for nasi lemak and bubur w lauk.

HomeKreation said...

Coming over here for your catfish & burung puyuh... where is it? emmmm....feeling hungry as this is my lunch break.

Retno Prihadana said...

Soto Ayam..hmmm, perfect for a rainy and cold day! I love it so much!

Salt N Turmeric said...

Roz, the next post after my ulam wud be the catfish. No burung puyuh tho. Dah selamat makan tanpa gambar. lol.

Retno, soto ayam is so good to have esp when its raining right? ;)

Sheila said...

I buat soto ayam guna recipe you and memang the best soto ayam ever! now tak payah makan kat luar kalau nak soto ayam. Buat sendiri lagi bagus. terima kasih ya.