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Soto Lamongan

Indonesian chicken noodle soup


Spice Paste

  • 1 large onion regular or purple one is fine
  • 1 heaping tbsp minced garlic store bought
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper powder
  • 1 tsp coriander dry fry (heat/fry without oil)
  • 2 cm fresh turmeric
  • 7 candle nuts dry fry would be best, but as is is fine as well


  • 50 g cellophane noodle or thin pasta such as capellini the measurement is actually depending how many bowls you'd like to serve or how much portion in a bowl you'd like to have, cook per package instruction (soaking noodle in hot water until soften then drain - if it's cellophane/glass noodle. For
  • 50 g white cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1-2 green onion thinly sliced
  • 2-3 Asian celery they are thin/slim, available at Asian stores, sliced
  • 3 hard boiled eggs sliced
  • 2 tbsp fried shallots
  • 1 tbsp fried garlic
  • Tomato sliced/quartered


Spice Paste

  • Process spices in a food processor or mortal and pestle into fine paste
  • Heat 1-2 tbsp oil, saute paste until fragrant, set aside


  • Fill up a pot with 2000 ml water and drop 600 g chicken breast, bring to boil
  • Add in 3-7 cloves (I like it stronger, so I like adding the cloves up to 7 pieces)
  • Drop in 1 thumb fresh ginger, sliced thinly, into the pot
  • Add in 3 dried galangal and salt to taste
  • Let water boiled for 5-10 minutes then lower heat to medium and let it simmer for 45 minutes
  • Stir in sauteed paste into the pot and adjust the flavor (more salt if needed)
  • Lower heat to low and let cook for another half hour
  • Take out chicken, let cool then shred/pull apart

Chili Sauce

  • With a little water, say 1/2 c, bring to boil 10 bird eye chilies, drain
  • Place boiled chilies into electric blender then add in about 4-10 tbsp of chicken broth with a couple drops of lime juice (freshly squeezed or from bottle)
  • Process into a fine sauce


  • Place cooked noodle into a bowl, top with sliced cabbage then followed with chicken
  • Place some sliced eggs and tomato followed with celery and green onion
  • Pour soup and serve immediately
  • Enjoy :)