About this recipe:This is my family recipe for the Singapore Chicken Soto Soup. The traditional way of Soto soup is normally serve with either rice cakes (lontong) or vermicelli or yellow noodles. Once serve with vermicelli or yellow noodles it is no longer a Chicken Soto Soup but we call it Mee Soto. (“mee” as in noodles- Soto Noodles)
300 g chicken (chicken with bones such as chicken breast)
2 pieces cinnamon
2 star anise
1 lemongrass, cut off the top part cut into 2 pieces and the bottom part smash with a pestle
1 cm galangal, peel and smash with a pestle
2 eggs, hard boiled
100 g bean sprouts (taugeh)
1 tablespoon white pepper, powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 liter water
Spring onions, just a little, finely chopped for garnishing
Fried shallots, for garnishing
4 tablespoon sunflower oil/cooking oil
Directions Prep:20min › Cook:40min › Ready in:1hr
First blend and purify the 3 ingredients together garlic, ginger and onion. Pour into a bowl and add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder. Mix well.
Heat a non-stick pot with 4 tablespoon of sunflower oil. Add all the cinnamon, star anise, cloves and cardamoms. Fry for 3 minutes on medium heat.
Add all the blended ingredients into the pot and put on low fire so that it does not burn. Add galangal and lemongrass and stir. Put on medium heat and stir fry for 10 minutes. Make sure the oil does not dry up and the ingredients do not burn. If the oil dries up add a little bit of sunflower oil.
Add the chicken; stir them together with the content for 3 minutes. On medium heat add 1 litre of water. Stir well, add salt and white pepper to taste and cover the lid. Check and stir occasionally.
Simmer for 40 minutes. When the chicken is cooked, take the chicken out from the pot and shred the meat and keep it aside. Put the bones back into the pot.
When you are ready to serve, blanch the bean sprouts (taugeh) in a separate pot for less than 30 seconds. Put the bean sprouts in a bowl with the rice cakes (lontong) which are cut into medium size cubes. Add the chicken soto soup into the bowl. Top it with the shredded chicken. Halve the hardboiled egg and place it beside the shredded chicken. Garnish with a little spring onions and fried shallots