Saoto Soup


Saoto soup is packed with flavour due to the combination of spicy broth and crunchy toppings. This hearty Surinamese soup is a must for every day of the year.

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Saoto soup
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2021-10-07, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 1 hour.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 27-02-2023

1 hour 4 people Main course 130 calories p.p.
Saoto soup


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  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 4 eggs
  • large handful of bean sprouts
  • about 100 grams of rice
  • handful of fried onions
  • handful of chipstick style crisps (or matchstick potatoes)
  • handful of fried noodles
  • optional: sambal (chilli sauce) of your choice

Broth ingredients

  • 2 litres of water
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • half an onion
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cm fresh galangal or 1 teaspoon ground powder
  • 2 cm fresh ginger
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • few sprigs of fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
Saoto soup ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • chopping board & chef's knife
  • 2 medium pans
  • rice cooker or pan
  • small pan
  • 2 forks
  • sieve

Saoto Soup

1 hour 4 people Main course 130 calories p.p.

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You can buy a ready-made mix of fried onions, chipsticks and fried noodles especially for saoto (soto) soup at asian grocers and some supermarkets.

Alternatively, you could fry a handful of glass noodles yourself. Use a jar of fried onions, or fry your own. You can make the chipsticks / matchstick potatoes yourself by cutting potatoes into very thin strips (with a mandoline, if you have one) and then frying them.

Preparation – 45 minutes

Peel the half onion and garlic clove and roughly chop. Coarsely chop the ginger and galangal. Add the garlic, onion, ginger, galangal, allspice berries, lemongrass and bay leaf to 2 litres of water.

Add the chicken stock cubes and a teaspoon of soy sauce and bring to the boil. Set aside a little parsley for garnish and add the rest, including stems, to the water.

Put the lid on the pan and, once the water is boiling,  turn the heat to low. Let the stock simmer for at least half an hour to release all the flavours.

Fill a second medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Remove any excess fat and sinew from the chicken breasts and cook them in the boiling water until done.

Cook the rice in boiling water or in a rice cooker.

Saoto soup
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Finishing the Saoto soup – 15 minutes

Cook the eggs in boiling water for 7 minutes. Then shock the eggs under cold running water and peel them.

Use 2 forks to shred the cooked chicken breasts. Strain the stock and discard the herbs. Season the stock with salt, pepper and more soy sauce if needed.

Share out the rice, chicken pieces and bean sprouts between serving bowls. Pour the hot stock over this and finish with a boiled egg and the crispy toppings of fried onions, fried noodles and chipsticks / matchstick potatoes.

Serve with sambal (chilli sauce) of your choice and garnish with fresh parsley, if desired. Enjoy your meal!

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Saoto Soup: frequently asked questions

What is the difference between saoto and soto?

Many of the ingredients are similar, the stock is made from chicken in both and they are prepared in the same way. Soto contains turmeric, which makes it yellow, whereas saoto does not. In addition, soto also contains kemiri nuts and boiled potatoes, while saoto contains rice and fried onions.

Can I make the stock from chicken instead of stock cubes?

You can make your own broth from chicken for this saoto soup, but the preparation time will be longer.