Kecap Manis (Sweet Soy Sauce)

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  • Prep

    5 m
  • Cook

    20 m
  • Ready In

    2 h 25 m
Recipe by  Rocky

“I got this recipe while in Indonesia. Some ingredients may be substituted.”

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Original recipe yields 3 1/2 cups



  1. Heat sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar becomes lightly brown. Slowly stir in soy sauce. Once the sugar and soy sauce are combined, stir in the water, star anise, curry leaves, ginger, and garlic. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Strain sauce and pour into a lidded bottle or jar. Store in the refrigerator.

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**Updated review with changes. I have made this recipe twice, first time as written, second time using brown sugar and *not* browning prior to adding the remainder of the ingredients. I found the white sugar difficult to use (see my initial review at the end of this review) but using the brown solved the problems I had had. Also, I brought the sauce to a boil, then simmered for about 5 minutes only as I was worried it would burn. I used dried curry leaves and star anise found in my local Asian grocery. I now rate this as a "4" star (a recipe has to be really remarkable for a "5" from this reviewer). The taste is very good, and the consistency is just thick enough. I do hope people will try this as it adds an interesting salty/sweet taste to rice, noodles etc. Thanks again, Rocky. The following is my initial review left attached as it might provide a few hints about the recipe: This is an interesting recipe. I did have some difficulty with the first step which was browning the sugar, then adding the soy sauce. The sugar clumped quite badly and then when the sauce was added, it was nearly impossible to dissolve. I carried on, adding the water and seasonings, and brought the mixture to a boil. I thought at this point the sugar might dissolve and kept it at a slow boil for a few minutes but thought I could smell a bit of burning so took it off the heat. After it had cooled I strained it and tasted. I couldn't discern any burnt flavour. All in all, it tastes prett



The browning of the sugar at the beginning was a bit annoying and I quit before it was done. Don't know what the issue was, but it's possible it was the "soft" sugar I was using (it's what's most readily available in Changchun). Whatever. It went well, didn't burn and all the sugar did dissolve. And wow, it tastes really good.

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Amount Per Serving (30 total)

  • Calories
  • 65 cal
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs
  • 16.9 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 1442 mg
  • 58%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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