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Lemongrass Chicken Soup (Sop Ayam Lengkuas) Recipe

Lemongrass Chicken Soup (Sop Ayam Lengkuas) Recipe

Lemongrass Chicken Soup (Sop Ayam Lengkuas) Recipe

Lemongrass is one of the staple ingredients in Indonesian cooking, lending an aromatic freshness to every dish in which it’s featured. In this mildly flavored soup, lemongrass plays a starring role, its unmistakably citrus flavor infuses the soup both in scent and taste. Some who’ve enjoyed this soup claim that the steam from the lemongrass helps in combating congestion problems. I say the savory goodness of this simple and delicate soup just makes people forget everything else. Light and nutritious, this is a perfect soup for anyone watching his or her cholesterol and caloric intake.

Ingredients :

    • 7 cups (1.5 liters) chicken stock
    • 3 cups (750 ml) water
    • 11/4 lb (550 g) ground or minced fresh boneless chicken meat
    • 7-14 cloves garlic, finely minced
    • 2 stalks lemongrass, tender inner part of bottom third only, minced
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt + 1 teaspoon for the soup
    • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
    • 4-6 tablespoons coriander leaves (cilantro), roughly chopped

Method :

    1. Bring the chicken stock and water to a vigorous boil in a medium sized pot over high heat.
    2. Mix the ground chicken, minced garlic, minced lemongrass, egg, soy sauce, 3/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cornstarch in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.
    3. Place the mixing bowl near the boiling pot of stock. Using either a spoon or your hands, measure about 1 heaping tablespoon of the chicken mixture and form into a ball shape. Gently drop the chicken ball into the boiling stock. Repeat this step until all the chicken mixture is used up.
    4. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt and sugar into the stock, stirring gently. Once the chicken balls are floating on the top (just takes a few minutes), the soup is ready to serve. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

SERVES 4-6
PREPARATION TIME : 10 MINUTES
COOKING TIME : 20-25 MINUTES