Your version of Soto: D.I.F.H (Do It From Home)!

Eating Soto at the restaurant or food stall might sound delicious, but, imagine a rainy or cold day when you feel like eating something warm at home. Soup? Ramen? Instant noodle? What about Soto?

Cooking Soto from scratch might sound like a hard task, and looking back at our Soto of The Month (SOTM) articles, it does look more advance and needs a lot of uncommon ingredients and spices. However, we are very sure that Soto can be enjoyed and made by everyone!

Since winter is almost here, why don’t we challenge you to make your own Soto from your own kitchen? Yes, you! Try to do it yourself or with your close friends and family, and make your home warmer!

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Try our Soto of The Month (SOTM) recipe and challenge yourself!

Recommended for: Soto expert, our Indonesian friends, or anyone who wants to challenge themselves!

How to cook: Check our Soto of the Month articles from our Instagram (@indelftnesia.2021) or check our InDelftnesia 2021 website (

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Use instant seasoning!

Recommended for: When you don’t have that much time and can’t find the necessary spices! It’s also beginner-friendly 😊

How to cook: You can find the instruction on the back of the instant pack!

The question is then….where we can find instant seasoning ‘SOTO’ in the Netherland? In the Netherlands, we can find instant seasoning in common supermarkets, such as Amazing Oriental, Jumbo, or Albert-Heijn. 

Here are some instant seasonings for SOTO that we can find in the Netherlands!

Try to make an from this recipe!

Originally published in TaleTravels (

Recommended for: You who want to try making Soto from scratch!

Fun fact: you can find all of these ingredients easily in Delft!

  • Jumbo
  • Polat International Supermarket – Location: Papsouwselaan 450-452, 2624 EP Delft (near Action – De Hoven Passage)
  • Others (might be your favourite supermarket)


  • ½ kg chicken (chicken thighs or you can also use whichever part you want)
  • 150 gr vermicelli (you can also use other thin noodles like Mihoen!)
  • 100 gr tauge
  • ½ cabbage
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 6 shallots
  • 2 eggs (boiled)
  • 1.5 tbs salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 branch of celery
  • 4 cm turmeric (or you can also use turmeric powder!)
  • 4 cm ginger
  • 2 pcs lemongrass (sereh)
  • 2 pcs leek
  • 2 pcs bay leaves (i.e salam leaves)
  • 4 pcs of lime leaves

Let's make it

Step 1: Blend the spices

Blend onion, turmeric, garlic and ginger with a little bit of water. This will be used later in de recipe for the soup.

Step 2: Leaves

Smash the lemongrass, and prepare leek, bay leaves, and lemon leaves.

Step 3: Soto ayam in the making

We start with frying only the chicken skin. This contains fat. When the fat is released add the rest of the chicken. Stir it until it becomes like the third picture. At this point add the blended mixture we made in Step 1. Also add the leaves that were prepared in step 2.

Add water, the results is a yellow color soup. The turmeric gives this color. keep it on low fire and continue the following steps.

Step 4: Soto Ayam essentials

For this, we prepare tauge, cabbage, vermicelli, tomatoes, boiled egg, onion leaf and a slice of lemon. In this soup, we used our very own homemade tauge. I call all these ingredients essentials because it’s needed!

Step 5: Sambal Soto (optional)

If you like to make it a bit spicy hot this is a step you can follow. Add some chili, garlic and salt. Grind it, and add a little bit of the soup we made in step 3. It should be on low fire while the other ingredients are in the process.

Step 6: Pepper

Add some pepper to the soup. By now a little bit of water has evaporated. If too much water got evaporated, just add some more.

Step 7: Time to attend the chicken

Remove the chicken from the soup. If the skin is in also remove it. The chicken meat is already ready, but we will fry it (with the lid on). After frying for a couple of minutes take it out.

Shred the chicken with 2 forks, careful it’s a bit hot. By frying it, it gives an extra taste to your Soto Ayam.

Serve and Enjoy

After shredding the chicken meat, you are ready to serve. Prepare a bowl with tauge, vermicelli, cabbage and chicken. On top of that add the tomatoes, onion leaves, half an egg. Now pour in the soup using (carefully) and add the chicken.

Voila Soto Ayam, ready to eat. It wasn’t that hard in 10 steps you just made delicious Indonesian chicken soup. You can garnish it with crispy fried onion on top.

How to make Soto Ayam on Youtube

You can also check out Tale Travel‘s youtube channel and watch how she made this Soto Ayam from scratch from this video! Subscribe to her channel for more cooking videos.