Monday, May 9, 2011

Chicken, Pork & French Beans In Sour Soup (Indonesian Asem Asem)

Another mummy's recipe - tasty and refreshing!

What you need:

6 shallots - cut thinly
2 cloves of garlic - crushed
2 big red chillies - discard seeds and cut
1 heaped tsp fried shrimp paste (belachan)
1cm blue ginger - lightly smashed
1 large tomato - quartered
1 clench roasted tamarind - shape into a ball (I roasted on a stove fire directly, keep changing the position to roast evenly - let cool)
1 pack french beans - cut
1 chicken - cut into parts
200g pork loin - cut
oil, a pot of water, salt, pepper, sweet soya sauce (kecap manis), sugar

Bring to boil a pot of water with chicken part and pork loin - discard the floating residues
Heat oil in frying pan, stir fry shallots, garlic, chillies, shrimp paste, blue ginger - til fragrant and soft, mix well
Pour in the soup, add in tomato cuts, stir well
Add in salt, pepper, sweet soya sauce, sugar - adjust the taste
Add in tamarind - make sure it's already cool
Bring to boil, add in french beans, let it boiled for 3 minutes (just nice to keep the crunchiness), off heat

1. The soup tastes the best when consumed the next day
2. Original recipe is using beef tenderloin slices, but I changed to chicken & pork since my family doesn't really into beef (can also use chicken only)


  1. Looks and sounds very appetizing!! I bet it must be a hit in the family. ;)

  2. is this a indonesian dish? the soup sounds really appetising!

  3. hi Food For Tots, thks for dropping by :)
    yes but my kids dont really fancy this soup cos they dun really like sour taste, even though I already modified a little to make it less sour combined with a hint of sweetness, still they cant really drink the soup, but they do eat the meat :)

    hi Lena, yes, it's indonesian dish - most Chinese Javanese ppl cook this dish :)
    it's indeed refreshing dish! :)

  4. I'm a big fan of sour soup. Plus Belachan. I can imagine that this soup must be very appetizing.

  5. i love the sour soup too.
    the soup must be very appetizing

  6. hi Zoe, exactly how i ate it - with belachan :)

    hi sean, yes - me too :)



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