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Soto Resah

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Notes: Kasih, owner and chef of Lotus River Rafting and Guest House in Borobudur, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia, is famous for her spicy coconut milk soup. She offers fried chicken and potato patties; we've simplified with poached chicken and potato chips. Up to 2 days ahead, cook, cover, and chill chicken in seasoned broth.

 1/3 cup peeled garlic cloves
 1 cup sliced shallots
 1/4 cup salted, roasted macadamia nuts or blanched almonds
 6 thin slices (the size of a quarter) fresh galangal or fresh ginger
 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
 1 teaspoon ground cumin
 1 teaspoon ground coriander
 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
 1 tablespoon salad oil
 1 1/2 quarts fat-skimmed chicken broth
 2 cans (14 oz. each) coconut milk
 1 stalk (12 to 15 in.) fresh lemon grass or 3 strips (1/2 by 4 in.) lemon peel, yellow part only
 1 1/2 pounds boned, skinned chicken breasts, rinsed
 4 to 6 cups hot cooked rice
  Salt and pepper
 3 cups finely shredded cabbage
 3 cups bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
 1 cup thinly sliced green onions, including tops
 1 cup diced Roma tomatoes
 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
 4 hard-cooked large eggs, shelled and cut into wedges
 2 cups potato chips or shrimp chips (optional)
 1/2 cup fried shallots
  Lime wedges
  Chili sambal, Asian red chili paste, or minced fresh hot chilies
Step 1

In a food processor, combine garlic, sliced shallots, macadamia nuts, galangal, turmeric, cumin, coriander, white pepper, and nutmeg. Whirl mixture to a paste, scraping container sides as needed. (Or chop ingredients with a knife, then whirl in a blender to a paste.)

Step 2

In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, stir the paste and the oil until mixture barely begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in broth and coconut milk, cover, and bring to a boil.

Step 3

Meanwhile, trim stem end and any tough leaves off lemon grass and pull off coarse outer layer. Crush stalk with the back of a knife, then cut into 3-inch pieces. Add to broth.

Step 4

Add chicken breasts to broth. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until the breasts are no longer pink in center of thickest part (cut to test), 15 to 20 minutes. Lift out chicken and let cool at least 10 minutes. Skim fat from broth. (Or if making ahead, cover and chill the broth and the chicken separately. Lift off and discard fat from the chilled broth.)

Step 5

Season broth with salt and pepper to taste. Return to a boil over high heat.

Step 6

Tear the chicken into shreds. In individual small bowls, mound shredded chicken, rice, cabbage, bean sprouts, green onions, tomatoes, cilantro, egg wedges, potato chips, fried shallots, lime wedges, and chili sambal. Pour hot broth into a tureen or pitcher.

Step 7

Let guests place desired portions of the chicken, rice, cabbage, bean sprouts, green onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and eggs in wide bowls. Ladle or pour hot broth into bowls. Sprinkle with potato chips and fried shallots. Add juice from lime wedges, chili sambal, and more salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Makes 6 to 8 servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 598Calories from Fat 53
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g54%

Saturated Fat 21g105%
Cholesterol 156mg52%
Sodium 186mg8%
Total Carbohydrate 38g13%

Dietary Fiber 1.5g6%
Protein 35g70%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.