Soto Medan

Soto Medan


Hi all, this time we go to Nothern part of Indonesia. We’re going to Sumatera Island, Medan exactly. Medan is the capital of the North Sumatra province in Indonesia. Located on the northern coast, Medan is the fourth largest city in Indonesia behind Jakarta, Surabaya, and Bandung; and the largest Indonesian city outside Java. The city was known as Deli when it was developed by Dutch tobacco commerce after the establishment of the Deli Company. There are lots of beautiful foods from Medan. You should try Soto Medan, Lontong Medan, Sayur Ubi Tumbuk (Mashed Cassava leaves in coconut milk) and Mie Gomak. Medan also popular with it’s fruits. There are so many beautiful tropical fruits especially durian. If you go to Medan don’t forget to buy Bolu Gulung Meranti (Cheese Roll Cake) and Pancake Durian. This time i try to make the popular Soto Medan. Alright, let’s rolllll…….





  • 400 gram chicken
  • 2 lemongrass
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cm galangal
  • 11/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 500 ml coconut milk
  • 1.000 ml water
  • 2 tbs oil


Grounded ingredients:

  • 2 cloves shallot
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp coriander seed
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1 cm ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder



  • 6 boiled eggs
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 tbs celery
  • 1 Lime
  • Potato cakes
  • 3 tbs fried shallots



Preheat oil in a pan. Stir fry grounded ingredients, bay leaves, galangal, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass. Add chicken and cook until it change colour.

Add water and cook until chicken tender. Take the chicken and set aside.

Continue cooking, add salt, sugar and coconut milk. Let it boiled.

Fried chicken for about 5-10 minutes, let it cool then shred it.

How to serve : Put shredded chicken in a bowl, then pour the soup. Put fried shallots and celery on the top. Eat with warm rice, potato cake and boiled egg. You can add sambal too if you like it spicy.




Soto Paru (Beef Lung in Coconut Milk)



Soto Paru / Beef Lung in Coconut Milk


  • 300 gr paru, diced
  • 2 lemongrass
  • 1 spring onion
  • 250ml coconut milk
  • 1.000 ml beef stock
  • 3 lime kaffir leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 slices galangal
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 1½ tbs salt


Grounded Ingredients :

  • 1/2 red onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cm ginger




  1. Cook beef lung in a high pressure cooker until tender.
  2. Stir fry grounded ingredient, kaffir lime leaves, bay leaves, lemongrass, and galangal.
  3. Add beef stock and beef lung. Cook for about 15 minutes or until boiled.
  4. Add coconut milk and let it boiled.
  5. Add salt and sugar to taste.
  6. Add spring onion and ready to serve.