Tauto Pekalongan - Pekalongan Beef Soup with Fermented Soy Bean

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Total Time: 2 hours

Serves: 8


  • 1 kilogram beef, cut into bite size pieces (*)
  • 3 lemongrass (Indonesian: lemongrass), bruised and knotted
  • 8 kaffir lime leaves (Indonesian: daun jeruk)
  • 2 1/2 liter (10 cups) water
  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 4 tablespoon fermented soy bean (Indonesian: tauco), washed and drained
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon salt (**)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 10 shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 6 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 3 red cayenne chilies (Indonesian: cabe keriting merah)
  • 1 inch ginger (Indonesian: jahe)
  • 1 inch turmeric (Indonesian: kunyit)
  • Garnish and accompaniments
  • hard boiled eggs (Indonesian: telur rebus)
  • lime wedges (Indonesian: jeruk nipis)
  • chopped celery leaves (Indonesian: daun seledri)
  • fried shallot flakes (Indonesian: bawang goreng)


  1. Boil together beef, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and water in a soup pot. Remove scum to ensure you get a clear soup.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a frying pan and sauté spice paste until fragrant, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the cooked spice paste to the soup.
  3. Add fermented soy bean to the soup, season with salt, sugar, and sweet soy sauce. Continue cooking the soup with low heat (simmer) and covered until the beef is tender, about 1 hour.
  4. Turn off heat, ladle the soup to serving bowls and serve with steamed white rice, along with the garnish and accompaniments.


  • (*) I use 700 gram beef meat and 300 gram beef bone so the soup stock will be much more delicious than a straight 1 kilogram beef meat.
  • (**) Different brand of tauco (fermented soy bean) will have a different level of saltiness, so adjust the amount of salt for your soup accordingly.

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