Pressure Cooker Soto Ayam Bening (Indonesian Clear Chicken Noodle Soup)

INGREDIENTS:
300 gr bean thread noodles (soun)
2 Tbsp cooking oil
2 large tomatoes quartered

SOUP:
3 lbs skinless bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks
8 cups water

GROUND INGREDIENTS:
6 shallots peeled
6 cloves garlic peeled
1 inch ginger

SPICES:
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp galangal powder

HERBS:
1 stalk lemongrass trim off the top woody end and bruise with heavy object
5 bay leaves
5 kaffir lime leaves tear edges to release flavor

SEASONINGS:
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp better than bouillon optional

SERVE WITH:
Fresh mung bean sprouts
Hard-boiled eggs or soft-boiled eggs
Juice from fresh lime
Celery leaves Finely chopped
Crispy fried shallots (Bawang goreng)

PREPARE NOODLES AND VEGGIES:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Turn off the heat and place the dried bean thread noodles inside the pot and let it soak for 10 minutes or until the noodles are soft and no longer tough when you try it. Drain off the water and rinse the noodles with cold water to stop the cooking process. Cut into shorter pieces if necessary. Set aside.

Soak the mung bean sprouts in hot water for 5 minutes and then discard water. Set aside.

COOKING WITH INSTANT POT:
Press saute. Add cooking oil. When it says “hot”. Add the ground ingredients and spices. Stir fry for about 3 minutes. Add the chicken pieces, herbs, and pour in the water, and seasonings. Stir to mix everything.

Close the lid. Turn the steam release valve to seal. Press pressure cooker, high pressure, and set timer to 25 minutes. When the timer is up, release pressure immediately and then carefully unlock the lid.

Carefully remove chicken pieces from the pot and set aside. Discard the lemongrass stalks and other leaves. Have a taste of the soup, season with more salt to your taste if needed. Place the tomatoes inside the pot. Close the lid back. The residual heat will soften the tomatoes without cooking them into a mush.

COOKING ON THE STOVE:
Preheat a large pot with cooking oil. Add the ground ingredients and spices. Stir fry for about 3 minutes. Add the chicken pieces, herbs, and pour in the water, and seasonings. Stir to mix everything. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to simmer for the next 30 minutes or until the chicken pieces are cooked through.

Remove from the heat and carefully remove chicken pieces from the pot and set aside. Discard the lemongrass stalks and other leaves. Have a taste of the soup, season with more salt to your taste if needed. Place the tomatoes inside the pot and close the lid. The residual heat will soften the tomatoes without cooking them into a mush.

SERVING:
If you feel like it, you can pan fry the chicken briefly until it forms some layer of skin and then shred the meat. This is totally optional. Otherwise, when the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred the meat.
Portion noodles into an individual serving bowl. Top with some shredded chicken meat, bean sprouts and generously ladle with hot soup. Top with halved of hard-boiled egg. Garnish with celery leaves, squirt some lime juice, and garnish with crispy fried shallots.

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