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Sop Iga Bakar - Grilled Ribs Soup

Iga (beef ribs) are gaining popularity in Indonesian cuisine. It has been cropping up in almost every restaurant’s menu in the past decade. There are all sort of dishes with iga, from nasi goreng (fried rice), penyet (grilled and mixed with chili relish), to sop (soup) dishes. This time, I am going to make a really simple but delicious soup with ribs.

Sop Iga Bakar - Grilled Ribs Soup

Sop Iga Bakar - Grilled Ribs Soup

Sop Iga Bakar - Grilled Ribs Soup

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Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 2 hours 30 mins

Total Time: 2 hours 45 mins

Serves: 8

Print Recipe


  • 1 kilogram beef ribs (about 8 thick pieces)
  • 3 liter of water
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and bruised
  • 1 inch galangal, peeled and bruised
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves, tear into halves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 250 gram carrot, cut into wedges
  • 250 gram potato, cut into wedges
  • 3 tomatoes, cut each into 8 pieces
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced


  1. Boil ribs in 1 liter of water until foamy and the scum has surfaced, about 8 minutes. Drain.
  2. Boil the ribs again in 2 liter of water, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until fork tender, about 2 hours.
  3. Remove the ribs from the pot, then grill the ribs until the surface is slightly charred. Set aside. (*)
  4. Add ginger, galangal, lime leaves, salt, sugar, and ground pepper to the soup and bring to a boil.
  5. Add carrot and potato and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.
  6. Turn off heat, add tomatoes and scallion into the soup.
  7. Serve the soup hot in soup bowls and add a piece of grilled rib to each bowl.


  • (*) If you don't have a griller, you can use broiler, or even just pan fry to get the charred surface.
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  • Wisnu Aji Wisnu Aji says:

    Yg bikin kesel itu, ketika di Sydney gampang bgt dpt Iga ... pas kerjaan pindah ke KL, susah bgt ... Ya Iga, ya Lamb, ya burung dara ... Yg ada cuman ayam, pork ama minced beef ... saya aga ga suka ayam mba ... klo boleh share lebih banyak pork nya dong mba, i need meat hehehe ... udah bosen ama sapi and VN pork noodle jg hahaha Love ur blog mba ... makasih bgt ... udah coba gorengan, nasi kuning, pork ama resep2 Indo lainnya ... Makasih bgt mba ...

    • Anita Anita says:

      Oke Mas Wisnu. Nanti bakalan lebih banyakin pork yah :)

  • Tersi Tersi says:

    Hi Anita, Thanks a lot for this blog, super helpful esp for those living abroad. All recipes are easy to understand and follow as you also give comprehensive translations to all the ingredients and their substitutes, if any :) Keep on writing, I'm one of your followers....lucky us to have you!!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Thanks for the lovely comment Tersi. I hope you will have fun trying out my recipes :)

  • Poppy Stephen Poppy Stephen says:

    Hi mbak, boleh tau kenapa resep supnya dak pake bawang ama garlic ya? Kira2 klo aq tambahin onion shallot ama garlic tastena beda gak ya? Appreciate your advice, cheers. Poppy;-)

    • Anita Anita says:

      Boleh kok kalo Poppy mau tambahin onion shallot ama garlic. Tastenya tentunya akan lebih gurih menurutku, jadi ga ada salahnya. :) Apalagi kalau ditaburin bawang goreng (shallot goreng) sebelum disajikan. :)

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