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Soto Bandung: Bandung-style Traditional Beef Brisket Soup

Soto Bandung: Traditional Beef Brisket Soup, Bandung-style

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Soups & Stews, Beef & Lamb
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Halal


This recipe is for soto Bandung, a traditional Indonesian beef brisket soup from the city of Bandung in West Java. Soto Bandung is a clear soup cooked with radish, and served with a side of fried soybeans.


  • 500 gr beef brisket, cut into small chunks
  • 200 gr white radish, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 7 shallots, peeled, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled, chopped
  • 1 tbsp white pepper corn
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, bruised, knotted
  • 3 cm galangal, peeled, bruised
  • 4 cm ginger, peeled, sliced
  • 2 Indonesian bay leaves (daun salam)
  • Salt to taste 
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 lt water
  • 1 small lime, cut into wedges
  • Sambal soto 
  • Fried soybeans
  • 1 stalk small celery, sliced
  • 1 stalk spring onions, sliced
  • Sweet soy sauce


  1. Using a mortar and pestle or a food processor, blend shallots, garlic and white peppercorns into a fine paste.
  2. Put the beef and water in a medium-sized pot and cook on high heat until it boils, then lower the heat to medium low.
  3. Using a small frying pan, saute the spice paste until fragrant, then transfer it to the soup.
  4. Add the lemongrass, galangal, ginger, salam leaves and salt.
  5. Simmer the soup for about 1 hour.
  6. Add the sliced radish and simmer the soup for another half an hour until the meat is done and the radish turns translucent.
  7. Ladle the soup to a serving bowl and sprinkle with fried soybeans, sliced celery, spring onions and fried shallots.
  8. Sprinkle with sweet soy sauce and lime juice and add some sambal soto for extra heat.


  • Scoop the soup into a bowl, making sure to have a good quantity of meat and radish.
  • Sprinkle the soup with chopped spring onions, celery, fried shallots and fried soybeans.
  • Squeeze some lime, add enough sambal soto and drizzle a little bit of sweet soy sauce.
  • Mix everything thoroughly. Enjoy the soto!

Keywords: Non-Spicy, One-pot meals, radish, soybeans