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Feb 22, 2007 10:27 AM

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?

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  1. They are not the same. Kecap Manis is the thick sweet soy sauce. You can find it at most asian markets, usually in the Indonesian section.

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      1. 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.

        1. 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
          in it.

          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

          1. 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.

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            1. re: MikeG

              I wouldn't compare it at all to Worcestershire sauce which is a complex mixture including fruit, fish and spices.

              Maggi sauce is made from "water, hydrolyzed corn gluten and soy protein, salt, artificial flavor. "

              Popular, yet pretty one-dimensional.