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Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce (Kecap Manis)

July/August 1997

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This Indonesian version of soy sauce is thicker, sweeter and more complex than what you're used to. Try sautéeing green beans with ginger and a dash of kecap manis.


Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce (Kecap Manis) Recipe

Makes: About 1 1/3 cups

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 10-ounce bottle reduced-sodium soy sauce, (1 1/3 cups)
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

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Preparation

  1. Half-fill a large bowl with water and ice cubes and set it beside the stove.
  2. Combine sugar and water in a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Once it starts boiling, cook without stirring until syrup turns amber, 5 to 10 minutes. Immediately set saucepan in ice water for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add soy sauce, star anise and garlic to cooled caramel. Return pan to medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Discard garlic. Transfer to a jar (sterilized if keeping longer than 1 week) and let mellow overnight in the refrigerator before using.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutrition

Per tablespoon: 54 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 13 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 0 g fiber; 534 mg sodium; 29 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate



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