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Soto Ayam with Potato Croquettes Recipe – Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Soto Ayam with Potato Croquettes Recipe - Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Soto Ayam with Potato Croquettes Recipe – Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Soto is a robust soup made with lemongrass, turmeric and coriander, and served with noodles, lontong (compressed rice) or potato croquettes (pergedel). If desired, the croquettes can be omitted and the dish can be garnished with potato chips or emping (melinjo nut wafers, see photo).

Ingredients :

  • 1 fresh chicken
  • 12 cups (3 liters) water
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, thick bottom third only, outer layers discarded, inner part bruised
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 sprigs Chinese celery leaves, sliced
  • 11/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 7 oz (200 g) dried glass noodles (tanghoon), soaked in water to soften (see note), or dried rice vermicelli (beehoon)
  • 5 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup (50 g) bean sprouts, seed coats and tails discarded, rinsed and blanched in hot water
  • Crispy Fried Shallots, to garnish
  • 2 tablespoons sliced Chinese celery leaves, to garnish
  • Lime wedges, to serve
  • 1 portion Sambal Soto

Potato Croquettes

  • 2 potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 spring onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon minced celery leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Crispy Fried Shallots
  • Oil, for deep-frying
  • 1 egg, beaten

Spice Paste

  • 1 in (21/2 cm) fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced, or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 5 shallots, peeled
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Method :

  1. Prepare the Sambal Soto by following the recipe.
  2. Clean and rinse the chicken well. Bring the water to a boil over high heat in a large pot, then immerse the chicken into the boiling water and boil for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the chicken to steep in the pot for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and drain the chicken. Strain and reserve the stock. Separate the chicken meat from the bone and tear the meat into thin shreds. Set aside.
  3. Make the Potato Croquettes by combining the mashed potato with all the other ingredients, except the oil and egg, and mixing well. Shape the mixture into patties and set aside to chill in the refrigerator for 45 minutes. Heat the oil in a wok over medium heat. Dip each patty in the beaten egg, then lower it into the hot oil and deep-fry until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove from the heat and drain on paper towels. Repeat until all the patties are cooked.
  4. To make the Spice Paste, grind the turmeric, shallots, garlic and coriander to a smooth paste in a mortar or blender, adding a little oil if necessary to keep the mixture turning. Heat the oil in a wok or skillet over medium heat and stir-fry the ground paste until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Bring 8 cups (2 liters) of the reserved chicken stock, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and celery leaves to a boil in a pot. Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes. Season with the salt and pepper, and keep the broth hot over very low heat.
  6. To serve, portion the softened glass noodles and shredded chicken into individual serving bowls. Ladle the hot broth over and top with hard-boiled eggs, bean sprouts and Potato Croquettes. Garnish with Crispy Fried Shallots and celery leaves, and serve with lime wedges and a bowl of the Sambal Soto on the side.

Note : Dried glass noodles (tanghoon), made from mung bean flour, are also called transparent or cellophane noodles. They are used in soups and vegetable dishes. Substitute dried rice vermicelli—see package instructions for preparation. To save time, prepare the chicken stock and Potato Croquettes in advance and reheat just before serving.

Serves 6 to 8
Preparation time : 1 hour + 45 mins chilling
Cooking time : 55 mins

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Source :
The Food of Indonesia
Delicious Recipes from Bali, Java and the Spice Islands
by Heinz von Holzen & Lother Arsana
photos by Heinz von Holzen

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See also Indonesian Recipe “Festive Turmeric Rice Recipe – Resep Nasi Kuning”