Soto (Soup) Betawi

Soto (Soup) Betawi
Soto (Soup) Betawi

Recipe of Soto (Soup) Betawi


  • Sambal (red or green chilies and garlic, rough blend and pour with hot oil)
  • Acar/ pickles ( cucumber, carrot and shallot cut into dice, mix with water, vinegar/ apple cider vinegar, and sugar)
  • 500gr beef
  • 3 big potatoes (fried)
  • 1.5 L beef broth
  • 10 shallot
  • 5 garlic
  • 1cm turmeric
  • 3 candlenut
  • 1 cm ginger
  • 1 cm galangal
  • 3 lemongrass stalks (crushed and tie)
  • 2 spring onions (thinly sliced)
  • 3 kafir lime leaves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 star annise
  • 3 cardamom seeds
  • 1 piece of cinnamon stalk
  • 200 ml thick coconut milk ready to use (you can skip if you don’t like coconut milk and make cream milk double)
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 block beef Knorr
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tomato cut into 4
  • 200 ml full cream milk
  • 1 kafir lime (cut into half)
  • fried onions (optional)
  • emping crackers (optional)


  • Boil the beef until cooked then separate the broth and meat. Fry the potatoes half cooked, set aside
  • Blend (with blender machine, add litlle bit oil) shallot, garlic, turmeric, candlenut and coriander seed and fry until fragrant.
  • Add bay leaf, lime leaf, star annise, cinnamon and lemongrass and stir again until fragrant, stir well 5 minute.
  • Next, put the beef that has been cooked and cut into squares and beef broth, stri well 5 minute.
  • Add salt, pepper, milk, and coconut milk, stirring occasionally so that the coconut milk doesn’t break.
  • Simmer 15 minutes before serving.


  • Cut the potato wedges that have been fried.
  • Cut fresh tomato wedges.
  • Potatoes and tomatoes in a bowl.
  • Pour the soto (soup) into a bowl, garnish with chopped scallions, fried onions, chili sauce, pickles and halved lime.
  • The dish is ready to be served.


This dish is very suitable to be served during cold weather or at night as a dinner menu. Rice is a sweet complement to enjoy with soto betwai.