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maggi sauce = kecap manis or not?

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eatmore Feb 22, 2007 10:27 AM

I have tried googling to figure this out, but I can't. Are they the same? Are they similar? Interchangeable?

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    kobetobiko Feb 24, 2007 09:05 AM

    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.

    1. z
      zebcook Feb 24, 2007 08:35 AM

      It is very good for adding a carmelized color to meats.

      1. MikeG Feb 22, 2007 02:31 PM

        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
          C. Hamster Feb 23, 2007 08:55 AM

          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.

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          Lilbug Feb 22, 2007 02:09 PM

          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. C. Hamster Feb 22, 2007 12:11 PM

            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. Candy Feb 22, 2007 12:05 PM

              This link may help

              http://www.panix.com/~clay/cookbook/b...

              1. boogiebaby Feb 22, 2007 11:53 AM

                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. re: boogiebaby
                  alex8alot Feb 22, 2007 12:03 PM

                  what is maggi sauce? Is it Thai?

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