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Other uses of Ketjap Manis

Kirk Jan 9, 2004 02:56 PM

While wandering the sauce/cooking wines aisle of my local Asian market last weekend, I happened upon a 1-liter bottle of Ketjap (aka Kecap) Manis. Since the price was $2.89 for the bottle, I felt like I had stumbled across a find. I've used ketjap manis when making Indonesian satays in the past -- most often, to be honest, I've had to gin up something to approximate it since I don't find it that often -- but a liter of the stuff is quite a bonanza. Does anyone have any other ideas on what I can use it for? I am wondering, for example, whether it might useful in making something like pad see iew, or if there are any traditional Indonesian dishes that include it.

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    Nancy Berry RE: Kirk Jan 10, 2004 10:50 AM

    The recipes at the following links all use ketjap manis:

    www.recipesource.com/ethnic/asia/ indonesian/00/rec0045.html
    www.recipesource.com/ethnic/asia/ indonesian/00/rec0028.html
    www.recipesource.com/ethnic/asia/ indonesian/00/rec0008.html
    www.recipesource.com/ethnic/asia/ indonesian/bahmi-goreng2.html

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    1. re: Nancy Berry
      sabine RE: Nancy Berry Jan 10, 2004 11:50 AM

      it's great on scrambled eggs, second only to sweet chili sauce.

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        Kirk RE: sabine Jan 10, 2004 02:58 PM

        Sweet Chili Sauce, a la Maggi's? I use that on eggs, and cold sandwiches of meatloaf, roast beef, roast lamb ... I think just about everything leftover is better with Maggi's Sweet and Hot Chili Sauce. Maybe ketjap manis will begin to broaden my horizons further!

      2. re: Nancy Berry
        Kirk RE: Nancy Berry Jan 10, 2004 02:55 PM

        Thank you, Nancy. You are a true fountain of information!

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        Melissa de Graaf RE: Kirk Jan 12, 2004 11:25 PM

        Ketjap is often used as a condiment, for instance, drizzled over soto ayam (Indonesian chicken soup). It can also be used in babi ketjap (marinate pork chunks in ketjap, garlic, lemon juice, ginger, salt, and pepper; then fry in oil, with marinade). It is also used in sate sauce (peanut sauce).

        Selamat Makan! (bon appetit)

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        1. re: Melissa de Graaf
          Kirk RE: Melissa de Graaf Jan 13, 2004 07:57 AM

          Thank you/Dank U, Melissa. The pork sounds great. I used some ketjap manis last night to marinate a chicken breast before making pad thai, and it was a very nice addition to the dish.

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          rw253 RE: Kirk Jul 3, 2011 02:01 PM

          I bought this thinking it was traditional soy sauce. Boy, was I surprised. After researching it further, I decided to use it in a marinade for some beef round I had on hand and discovered a great component for future use.

          The beef round was approximately 2-inches thick and was cut against the grain into slices approximately 3/4-inch thick.

          My marinade consisted of:

          1 cup Welch's Grape juice
          1/4 cup ABC Sweet Soy Sauce, Kecap Manis
          1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
          1/4 cup Worchestershire Sauce
          3 fresh garlic cloves, minced.
          1 large sprig of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
          8-10 medium fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
          3 capfuls Mesquite Liquid Smoke
          3 tablespoons cider or red wine vinegar
          1 tablespoon hot sauce
          Salt & Pepper to taste

          The beef was then allowed to marinate overnight.

          After careful grilling, the beef was wonderfully juicy and had a sweet quality that was well-balanced by the savoriness of the other ingredients.

          1. Veggo RE: Kirk Jul 3, 2011 02:25 PM

            It is good on grilled chicken, lathered on 5 minutes before it is finished grilling. I can hardly find it in the states and I have been too lazy to order it.

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              rw253 RE: Veggo Jul 3, 2011 02:58 PM

              I found mine at an Asian grocery next door to the Farmer's Market in KC. I've never seen it anywhere else, though.

            2. luckyfatima RE: Kirk Jul 4, 2011 06:00 AM

              The high sugar content and umami flavor make kecap manis a great ingredient for marinades and dipping sauces. It combines with spicy and sour flavors well in dipping sauce. You can also pour it into broths for soup/stew. When I do South East Asian inspired chicken thigh on the grill, I drizzle a very light lashing of kecap manis on the chicken before serving.

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                paulj RE: luckyfatima Jul 4, 2011 08:59 AM

                I think of it as a mix of soy sauce and molasses.

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                  scubadoo97 RE: paulj Jul 5, 2011 12:38 PM

                  My exact description.

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