Susi Soto

Hot soup, a delicious home cooking to prevent common colds.  The weather is cooler, and it is late Autumn, we must get ready for Winter, to keep fit, well and healthy.
The soup is chicken soup Javanese style (cooked my way) based on Soto.  I cooked for the family since we have been having a mild cold, it helped us to get better.

Soto-Chicken Soup
After the spices have cooked and released the fragrance, add in the whole chicken to braise
Cooking the herb and spices.



Turn the chicken over, and continue to braise for 10 minutes
Add and stir in two-litre hot water and continue cooking for 19 minutes over medium-high heat.









You don’t need the recipe for this soup, but I love to give you what you need to cook this delicious soup.

The Ingredients: Spices and fragrant herbs (turmeric powder, white pepper powder, nutmeg, fresh lemon grass, fresh ginger and fresh kaffir lime leaves).  And chopped brown onion, garlic and lemon juice)

The meat: a whole bird chicken, wash, and dry.  Fill the cavity with a heaped teaspoon salt, crushed fresh ginger, kaffir lime leaves and lemon juice.  Keep aside.

Parsley and Fried Shallots

This is what I did.
In a big pot,  I sauteed the spices and fragrant herbs for a few minutes, add in a cup of hot water.
Add in the chicken and cook over medium heat for 6 minutes, place the lid on.
Turn the chicken over to cook the other side, and lower the heat, and with the lid on cook for 10 minutes further.  Add some vegetables-carrots, cabbage, spring onion and parsley and add salt to taste.
Now, add in 3 litres of hot water, bring to a gentle simmer, and continue cooking the chicken in the broth for 35 minutes.  Add two teaspoons of sugar to balance the flavour, and adjust the salt, you may need a little extra salt.
To get a better rich broth and a tender meat of the chicken, leave the pot over a very low heat for another 25 minutes.

Serve the soup hot with some chunk of the chicken meat, garnished with fresh parsley, fried shallots and a bowl of steamed rice.
I love to cook the soup throughout the year, and it is very good for colds.  It is raining and wet outside, better be staying in to keep warm.  I think we are on amend now.  Indeed thanks to the soup.

The soup has delicious colourful clear broth, it is simple enough to prepare and the ingredients are easily accessible in the market or supermarkets.  Have Fun in the Kitchen.  Happy Cooking!


Until Nex Post


In The Hot Day

A Hot day is very tiring, more so in the past a few days,  the summer season has been so dry and the heat was very intense.  Yesterday’s activities were indoors, or in fact it was a time to relax, listening to the music and watching movies.

Dinnertime comes; no cooking, but fresh and delicious salads were there for us all.  Cabbage salad with turmeric dressing, garnished with red onions served with Spanish chorizo. Also a composed salad, made out of steamed sweet potatoes, omelette, sliced chorizo, steamed red onions, and leafy greens and dressed with salt and olive oil, and herbs bread to go with it.

A Delicious composed  and cabbage salad were served for Dinner on the hot day.

Turmeric Dressing:

1 teaspoon dried powder turmeric add in,
1/3 teaspoon salt, 1/4  cup hot water (mix them together thoroughly)
Add in 1/3 cup vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon lemon juice
(mix altogether until all combined)

Cabbage salad with turmeric dressing , garnished with red onion
Shredded cabbage with turmeric dressing

The Composed Salad.

I prepared the dinner without any planning,  I do the salad out the materials that I have at hand.  I started with the omelet, then added with sweet potato, and steamed onions.  I thought sliced chorizo would be good to go with them, so I added some, at last but not least the leafy greens.  Sprinkle some salt and drizzle with the best olive oil.  Toss and served.

The first step of composed salad. Sliced red onion, omelet, sliced sweet potatoes and chorizo
The first step of composed salad. Sliced red onion, omelet, sliced sweet potatoes and chorizo
Added the leafy greens
Sprinkle some salt and the best olive oil
Toss them together gently.
Delicious Composed Salad is Served
Delicious Composed Salad

It is a short and sweet post, I have no recipe to share with  you.  The composed salad is very easy, do your own a composed salad, it works every time.

Please do try cooking without any planning, enjoy what you have on hand, it may surprise you, beautiful and delicious dishes are the outcome.  Happy Cooking.