Cooking: Sayur Asem - Indonesian Sweet and Sour Vegetables Soup

Sunday, December 20, 2009

It's been cold lately so I have been cooking soup and soup and soup including this one.

The Ingredients

The Process

The Result:

Sayur Asam / Indonesian Sweet and Sour Vegetables Soup
8 cups of beef / chicken broth 
4 salam leaves
2 pieces of dried galangal
2 corn cobs cut into 4 pieces 
1- 2 cups of green beans, cut into 2 inches lengths
2 chayotes, peeled, cut into 1 inch squares
1 cup of lightly boiled raw peanuts or fresh melinjo nuts (optional)
1 - 2 Tablespoons of tamarind paste
10 pieces of peeled shrimps (optional)
1/4 - 1/2 cabbage leaves
2 tomatoes
3 - 4 Tablespoons palm sugar, 
1 teaspoon salt or more as prefer

minced ingredients:
2 large red chillies
5 cloves of garlic
3 large shallots

1. Make the broth by boiling beef bone inside 8 - 10 cups of water for 1-2 hour inside a pressure cooker
2. Grind all the minced ingredients in a mortar or small blender
3. Once the broth is ready, add the salt, tamarind paste, peanuts, minced ingredients, galangal, Salam leaves, corns, chayote, green beans and cabbage, keep cooking until until the veggies are tender.
4. Finally add the shrimp, tomatoes, and sugar. Adjust the taste as prefer. 
5. Eat with rice and chili sauce 



  1. wuahhhh ciciii aku mauuuuu :( ngiler2 ni di kantor hehhe... ci gimana sih caranya bikin 1 pictures bisa ada 2 or 4 gambar?

  2. Pake picasa, Na. Pilih gambar2nya yg kamu mau terus click "create" then choose "Picture Collage"
    Terus kalo udah upload di picasa album then we can choose to embed the picture (choose the size) jadi ngak perlu upload lagi di blog tinggal copy & paste the embed link :)

  3. kiki, i like when you post recipes/ blog about cooking. i really like the step by step instruction with pictures!! just what a clueless girl like me need. thank youuuu haha :)

  4. Thank you for the sweet words, Nat. You encourage me to upload my other cooking pictures. :)