Sambal Sop/Soto: Sambal for Soups (Vegan)

A sambal meant to accompany clear soups and soto, a meat-broth soup. The recipe uses few ingredients; the purpose is to enhance the flavour.

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Nunuk Sri Rahayu
Nunuk Sri Rahayu
Nunuk hails from Solo, the historic royal capital and cultural centre of Java, Indonesia. She has been cooking since the age of 12, and also performs and teaches traditional Javanese dance. Her dream is to eventually write her own Indonesian cookbook.

This is a particular sambal added in soup or soto (a type of Indonesian soup) dishes. The sambal should enhance the main dish, especially the broth, by giving it an extra kick, but it shouldn’t alter the taste of the dish. For that reason, the sambal has a very few ingredients, mainly chilli and garlic. To soften the flavour, the ingredients are either steamed or boiled.

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Sambal Sop/Soto: Sambal for Soups (Vegan)

Sambal Sop/Soto: Sambal for Soups (Vegan)

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Sambals & Sauces
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Vegan


This recipe is for a sambal that is meant to accompany Indonesian clear soups as well as soto, a popular meat-broth soup. Quick and easy, it uses very few ingredients and its main purpose is to enhance the flavour of the soup.


  • 15 bird’s eye chillies
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Pinch of salt

Sambal Sop/Soto ingredients


  1. In a saucepan, boil the chillies and garlic for about 7 minutes.Boiling the chillies and garlic
  2. Blend all the ingredients using a mortar and pestle or food processor, to make a coarse chilli paste.Blending and pounding the ingredients
  3. Transfer the sambal in a small bowl.

Keywords: Vegan, Spicy, Quick and Easy, Common Ingredients

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