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A sauce with history

  • Deanna Ramsay

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 28 2011   /  11:56 am

Thick and sweet: Kecap manis or sweet soy sauce comes in numerous varieties and is produced in many parts of Indonesia. Generally thick and sweet, kecap manis little resembles the thin, salty soy sauce of the Chinese.Many meals in Indonesia are incomplete without the addition of kecap manis or sweet soy sauce. The ubiquitous, colorful bottles of the substance line the many bakso and fried rice carts being pushed along city streets, stand neatly arrayed on restaurant tables and linger amid cooking implements in kitchens throughout the country.The sauce is a mix of fermented soybeans, various spices and sugar – a protein-rich addition to practically any food. But, there is more to this uniquely Indonesian condiment than a mere combination of ingredients. Aside from certain pervasive national brands, kecap manis comes in manifold and distinct varieties depending on the city or town where ...