Monday, April 19, 2010

Soto Betawi - Indonesian Creamy Beef Soup

Nothing I love more than a get together than involves...ehm, food.

Especially some food that has a special sentimental value to us.
Oh, my hormones are making me extra sappy and romantic these days~
That's right. Blame it all on the hormones.

So, last Friday, after having been craving this dish for a friend Ieie and I decided to brave the lack of instant seasoning pack and make the dish we went through our college days with...from scratch. Gasp!

Making anything from scratch might be nothing special for most people. But for Ieie and I, instant seasoning princesses, it calls for a celebration.

Soto Betawi
adapted from here

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. Next time, I will add some bone-in chicken pieces too, to give the soup some glorious golden tinge.

- 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.

Yummy with steamed rice ^_^

I am crap at food styling. But although the above pictures were crappily styled, the way we devoured it was even worse...

We devoured the soto with a mountain of Indonesian crackers.

It did send us back to our young, cute, but far-from-innocent college days :D
Ah, nostalgia~


noobcook said...

you're making me sooo hungry. both the food styling and photography is gorgeous, look like fresh out of a gourmet magazine :)

Roossy Tirta said...

wah, baru lihat soto betawinya Vania..:) jadi pengen!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks great! Love the pictures.

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

OMG, this speaks to me! That bowl looks so good! I've bookmarked it. (And I agree with noobcook: the food styling and photography makes it even more beautifully delicious! It looks so homey and conforting, yet so pretty.) See how many exclamation marks I'm using?

tigerfish said...

The photos are definitely not crappy - your hormones again huh?

The photos speak deliciousness. That is the power ;)

dewi said...

soto marem... hmmm... tambah paru kering n babat pls :D

Joanne said...

I'm always blaming things on my hormones. It makes life so much easier.

I love finding home fixes for prepackaged things. This soup looks incredibly delicious. I am drooling over here!

diva said...

Oh goodness, check out that milky broth! i want some!

Anonymous said...

I find very hard to believe you were anything but innocent during your college days.

Just kidding. I don't for one bit. I hope the bun follows in your footsteps. :)

Mrs Ergül said...

Obviously I'm not good with Indonesian food cuz I have never seen this before! I love your place Rita! It is new age yet cosy!

Tuty @Scentofspice said...

geez, Rita... what r u talking about "crap at food styling"...

I miss Soto Betawi too.. with beef tripe!

vsint said...

so many kinds of soup are there in Indonesia, including soto Betawi, soto Betawi I think it feels good, but you should also try the other soup that is no less delicious