Soto Ayam

While in Indonesia I discovered the delightful
soto ayam which is their style of chicken soup. The flavors mesh perfect
together and I left the country having found one of my favorite recipes. My
family and I visit The Noodle House frequently and the sous chef who is from
Indonesia always makes this dish for me. I have always wanted to try it myself
at home but never had all the ingredients. However this weekend I made sure to
get them so I could make it myself. Unlike the Western soup which is already
served for you with everything this dish was served in Indonesia separately. The
broth was in one large pot and you would first add the broth and then the
toppings of your choice. Soy sauce, eggs, lime, scallions and sambal are an
absolute must for this main course.
1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds), cut into
pieces (including back)
7 cups water
1 cup coconut milk
1 stalk of lemon grass (cut into 3 strips)
1-1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 scallions, chopped
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons salt
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2-inch piece of galangal (peeled and
sliced)
2-inch piece of ginger (peeled and sliced)
Juice of 1 lime
For servings:
1 packet of vermicelli or 2 packets instant
noodles, cooked per package directions
Chopped scallions
Soy sauce
Quartered boiled eggs
Quartered limes
1.     
Bring
chicken, water, and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil in a large stockpot. Skim foam.
2.     
Add
coconut milk, lemon grass, coriander, cumin, shallots, garlic, turmeric,
galangal, red pepper flakes, salt, ginger and lime juice. Bring to a full boil,
cover and reduce too low for 45 minutes.
3.     
Remove
chicken and shred from bone. Add shredded chicken back into soup. Discard
bones. Bring to a full boil, cover then reduce heat to low. Allow to cook another
15 minutes.
4.     
Add broth
into bowl then add toppings as you like.
Yields: 4 servings

2 Responses to Soto Ayam

  • Shobha says:

    I love Indonesian food.. my sister-in-law is from there and she makes some yummy dishes.
    I will try out this one myself.

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