maggi sauce = kecap manis or not?
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.
Maggi sauce is advertised in Asia as pretty much as just another kind of "soy sauce", but it said that it brings out the "fresh" flavor of food (oh, isn't that what MSG is supposed to do? ;)
Anyway, you can pretty much substitute maggi saucde with soy sauce, it won't make much different.
Other posters' explanation about Ketchup manis is correct. It is a thick, sweet soy sauce.