Ketjap Manis: Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce

Cuisine Indonesian
Course Condiment
Servings 6 Tbsp
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
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Learn to make Ketjap Manis, the Indonesian sweet soy sauce. Its flavor is more complex than just soy sauce with sugar, as it has flavorful aromatics added.

Sometimes for a quick snack, I’ll have some steamed rice with ketjap manis, and some sambal! Delicious!

Learn to make Ketjap Manis, the Indonesian sweet soy sauce. Its flavor is more complex than just soy sauce with sugar, as it has flavorful aromatics added.

Ingredients

Ketjap Manis

  • 125 ml Soy Sauce
  • 125 g Palm Sugar (Gula Djawa) You can substitute light-brown sugar
  • 2 Slice Galangal
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Slice Ginger
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 2 Clove Garlic

NUTRITION

Nutrition Facts
Ketjap Manis: Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce
Serving Size
 
1 tbsp
Amount per Serving
Calories
83
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Sodium
 
1182
mg
51
%
Potassium
 
53
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
20
g
7
%
Fiber
 
0.3
g
1
%
Sugar
 
14
g
16
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
7
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer

Nutrition Facts provided are a calculated estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Instructions

Preparing the Ingredients

  • Peel and smash your ginger.
  • Peel and smash your garlic.
  • Peel and smash your galangal
  • Zest your lemon (for me, one lemon yielded 2tsp of lemon zest)
  • Shave your palm sugar (if you have it. If you're using brown sugar, you can skip this step)

Making Ketjap Manis

  • Add the soy sauce and sugar to a saucepan, and warm it over medium-low heat, until the sugar is fully dissolved. Make sure you keep stirring the entire time.
  • Add the galangal, ginger, garlic, lemon zest, and star anise. Increase the heat slightly, and when it comes to a boil, move it over to the smallest burner over the smallest flame. Make sure you don't burn the sugar, as it will make the sauce bitter.
  • Let it simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens to the consistency of maple syrup.You can test this by running your finger over the back of the spoon you're using to stir, and if the line you draw doesn't fill in right away, you have reached the right consistency.Note: pay attention, it's easy to burn, which will turn the sauce bitter.
  • let it cool, and store in a glass bottle in the fridge.

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