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Soto Daging - Indonesian Beef Soup

Indonesian soto daging (beef soup) is one of the easiest soup to prepare, basically a dump and forget kind of soup, and perfect for busy days.

I was looking through the recipes that I have published so far, and I could not believe I haven’t shared this super delicious soto daging to this day. This is one of the very first soto recipes I learn to make when I started having to cook for myself back in college days, which is more than a decade ago, and this suddenly makes me feel old [depressed]. I was taking some college classes in Malaysia and then halfway I transferred to a college in the Midwest. I was freaked out that I still had so… many courses I needed to graduate, I played catch up and took like 22-24 credits each semester for 2 1/2 years toward my graduation. Crazy times.

Soto Daging - Indonesian Beef Soup
Soto Daging - Indonesian Beef Soup

Even when I was so swamped with school work, I still managed to find time in weekends to do grocery and prepare food for 1 whole week. Two reasons, the first one being it was so much cheaper to cook my own food than eating out, and the second one was because I was so sick and tired of eating out even if I had the money, which I didn’t, which probably contributed to the quality of the take-out food I resorted to in the first place. What I prepared back then was nothing fancy of course, and I gravitated to soups like this since I can make a huge batch that lasted for at least a week. I have to admit back then my dishes most likely didn’t taste as good as now, and definitely not nearly as pretty ;)

Soto Daging - Indonesian Beef Soup
Soto Daging - Indonesian Beef Soup

Soto Daging - Indonesian Beef Soup

4.8 from 4 reviews

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 stew cuts
  • 8 cups (2 liter) water
  • 3 lemongrass, greener top part (reserve 3" bottom whiter part for spice paste)
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves (Indonesian: daun jeruk)
  • 4 Indonesian bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon salt, or to taste
  • Spice paste (grind the following together)
  • 80 gram shallot
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 3 lemongrass, bottom 3" whiter part
  • 1 inch galangal
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds/powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds/powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Garnish
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 stalks cilantro, thinly sliced
  • sambal oelek
  • deep fried shallot flakes (Indonesian: bawang merah goreng)
  • lime wedges
  • sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)


  1. In a soup pot, boil together beef, water, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, Indonesian bay leaves, cinnamon stick, star anise, and nutmeg. Reduce heat and simmer until the meat is tender. About 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Heat 4 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Sauté spice paste until cooked and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  3. Once the meat is tender, return the soup to a boil. Add the fried spice paste and seasoned the soup with salt. Adjust the amount of salt as needed.
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for another 10 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat. Serve the soup hot with garnishes and steamed white rice.
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  • Steph Steph says:

    I made this yesterday :) I didn't use cinnamon and star anise, because my husband doesn't really like the smell. But, it's still delicious!

    • Anita Anita says:

      I am glad you and your hubby loves it Steph :)

  • Agnes Agnes says:

    It's delicious and easy, even easier than soto ayam, I will make this often! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Molly Molly says:

    White pepper or black pepper?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Molly, Indonesian dishes mainly use white pepper, but if you only have black pepper at home, you can use that too.

  • Lany Susanto Lany Susanto says:


    I’m looking forward to try this recipe! My daughter had a taste of beef soup from Austin food truck ( Indonesian chef) and she said that she’ll eat soup if I make one like it. So I will definitely try this recipe. 🥰

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