maggi sauce = kecap manis or not?
I have tried googling to figure this out, but I can't. Are they the same? Are they similar? Interchangeable?
Maggi is a Swiss company but Maggi sauce is made in China, I believe. It's close to liquid MSG, as "Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein" is high in glutamic acid.
Here is a recipe for homemade Ketap Manis. It should be fairly close to
the stuff from a Asian grocery. In any case it will give you an idea what's
Title: Ketap Manis
Dark Sweet Indonesian Soy Sauce
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup unsulfured molasses
1 cup dark soy sauce
1/2 t ground coriander
1/4 t five spice powder
Combine the sugar and water in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over
medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the sugar is disolved. Stir in the
molasses, soy sauce, coriander, and five spice powder and simmer for 5
minutes. Strain through a fine strainer into a jar with a tight fitting
lid. It will keep for several months in the refrigerator.
Makes 2 cups
It might help to think of Maggi as a sort of cross between soy sauce and Worcestireshire sauce. Both are used as condiments, but kecap manis I think only by Indonesians (it's really very sweet.) Maggi is much more universal used from SE Asia to Africa to Europe and more. I think it's not uncommon in S America, too, but I wouldn't swear to that.