Sayur Asem Indonesian Vegetable Sour Soup

How to prepare sayur asem indonesian Vegetable Sour Soup recipe. This vegetable soup is a must-have item on the menu of every West Java (Sundanese) restaurant in Indonesia.


  • 1 teaspoon tamarind pod
  • 200 ml warm water
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 red chili pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons raw peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups low-fat chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 chayote, peeled, seeded, and sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup frozen green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1/3 cup frozen corn kernels


  • Prepare tamarind by placing it in a small bowl with warm water. Let soak for 15 minutes.
  • To make spice paste, combine shallot, garlic, ginger, red chili pepper, raw peanuts, shrimp paste, and salt in a large mortar and blend well with a pestle. Use a food processor or blender if you don’t have a mortar and pestle.
  • Transfer paste to a medium saucepan and add chicken or vegetable broth, salted peanuts, and brown sugar. Stir to combine, and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, use a strainer to separate the tamarind seeds from the juice. Throw away the seeds and keep the juice.
  • Add chayote, green beans, and corn to the soup, and cook over high heat for 5 minutes.
  • Just before serving, add tamarind juice and stir. Garnish with green chili pepper slices if desired.


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Nutrition / Serving

  • Calories Calories 267.5
  • Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • Sodium Sodium 531.1 mg
  • Carbohydrate Carbohydrate 22.5 g
  • Protein Protein 10.0 g
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