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Indonesian Cuisine – Soto Betawi

Now this creamy and beefy soup dish is neither healthy nor simple but don’t let that discourage you from making this delicious dish (It’s my absolutely favorite Indonesian meal)…and after a long case of the Monday’s who couldn’t use with some extra spice to finish off the day? Also if you have a tendency towards lactose intolerance please be cautious with the coconut milk as you might find yourself sitting on the jon a little longer than expected =).

Soto Betawi – Recipe
Beef stock
– 1 lb beef (I used brisket, you can use other parts of beef with some offals)
– 1 galangal, crushed
– 1 stalk lemongrass, crushed
– 3 salam leaves (Indonesian bay leaves)
– water
Boil beef with galangal, lemongrass and salam leaves until tender. I used a pressure cooker, so this only took 30 minutes, if you are not using pressure cooker, bring to boil and simmer for at least 1.5 hours. Since I wanted to get rid of the fat from the brisket, I prepared this one night ahead, cool it down and keep it in the fridge. The next day, the fat has hardened and I could take it out easily. If you are using leaner meat, you can skip the fat removing process.

If you don’t eat beef, replace it with other kinds of meat.
– 5 shallot
– 3 cloves of garlic
– 2 cm ginger
– 1 tbsp ground corriander seeds
– 1 tsp cumin
– white pepper, salt, olive oil
I threw everything into my food processor and pulsed until it forms a fine paste. In Indonesia, we normally use mortar and pestle.
– 400ml coconut milk
To finish the soup, bring beef and stock to boil, add spices, and add coconut milk. Adjust seasonings and spices according to your taste. The soup is done.
Other Ingredients
– 2 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced into 8-12 sections each
– 2 tomatoes, sliced into 8-12 sections each
I pan fried the potato slices on a non stick pan with minimal amount of olive oil (only about 1 tbsp), pan fry slowly on medium heat until softened, crank up the heat afterwards to brown the surface. Alternatively, you can soften the potatoes by baking or microwaving them.
The tomatoes do not need to be cooked.
– spring onion, thinly sliced
– crispy shallot
– red chillies, sliced thinly
– Indonesian sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
– emping (belinjo crackers) or prawn crackers (optional)
– lime (quartered)
To serve, place potatoes and tomatoes in a bowl, scoop some beef, pour soup over it, sprinkle some crackers, crispy shallot and spring onion. Serve with kecap manis, chilli and lime slices on the side as condiments.

Have fun with this one and most importantly enjoy!

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