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Last updated: Nov 27, 2019 — Published: Jun 19, 2013 — By: Anita — 39 commentsAuthentic and easy soto betawi (Jakarta beef soup) recipe you can make at home that will remind you of the real deal you find in Jakarta.
Soto (traditional Indonesian soup) is widely enjoyed throughout Indonesia and every region has its own specialty soto. In Jakarta, the de facto soto is soto betawi, where it can be found everywhere, from side street food carts, hole-in-a-wall places, food courts in malls, upscale restaurants, all the way to five-star hotels.
Each place will have their own way of preparing soto betawi, with a highly guarded blend of secret spices, and each with fierce die-hard fans touting theirs has got be the one offering the most original and most delicious soto betawi.
Living half-way across the globe means I need to find an excellent soto betawi recipe that can satisfy me and my hubby love for this soup. I am proud to say that we are extremely happy with this particular recipe. The soup tastes exactly like the one we used to have back in Indonesia.
Here are the ingredients I use for my soto betawi:
Before cooking the soup, the very first thing we do is to prepare the spice paste. You can use a food processor or a blender to do this. If you want a truly smooth paste, please add about 2 tablespoons of water along with all the spices, but it is also okay if the spice paste is not very smooth.
Once the spice paste is ready, you can do the following to cook the soup:
Soto betawi is never just about the soup. It is not considered complete if you don’t serve the soup with its accompaniments. I usually prepare all of these while the soup is slowly simmering away:
We usually enjoy our soto betawi with some steamed white rice, all the above accompaniments, and a bottle of kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce).
4.9 from 15 reviews
Author: Anita Jacobson
Categories: One Dish Meal Soup
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 mins
Total Time: 3 hours