Sweet Soy Sauce
|This particular sauce is one of the most important ingredients used in
Indonesian recipes. Below is the homemade recipe for this sweet soy sauce; however, this
sauce in widely available in most Asian Food stores in the US. My recommendation is to
look for sweet soy sauce that has the following brand: Kecap Cap Bango or Kecap Manis ABC.
- 2½ cups sugar
- 2¾ cups Chinese dark soy sauce
- 3 cloves garlic, cracked
- ½ tsp. star anise pods
- 2 salam (Indian Bay) leaves
- 2 pieces laos (galanggal)
- ½ cup water
- Carmelize the sugar in a saucepan
over low heat, stirring frequently. When the sugar has melted, add the soy sauce and all
the other ingredients.
- Bring to a boil, and stir until the
sugar has dissolved completely. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes.
- All this somewhat-thickened syrup to
cool. Before pouring it into one or more bottles, you have the choice of straining the
sauce or not. Sweet soy sauce could last for several months if refrigerated.
Makes approximately 2-3 cups.