Kecap Manis (Sweet Soy Sauce) Recipe -
Kecap Manis (Sweet Soy Sauce) Recipe

Kecap Manis (Sweet Soy Sauce)

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

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Original recipe makes 3 1/2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    2 hrs 25 mins


  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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Oct 26, 2009

**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

Oct 04, 2013

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.


6 Ratings

Aug 11, 2015

I used gluten free soy sauce (tamari) and I thought it tasted delicious! Question: does anyone know how long this will keep in the fridge??

Jul 10, 2015

Disgustingly salty. HAd to add 50% water by volume and the salt was still too much.

Mar 02, 2015

this was a life saver in an Indonesian dish. I had no curry leaves so I had to use powder. When I find the fresh leaves I am sure it would be even better.


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  • Calories
  • 65 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.9 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 1442 mg
  • 58%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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