Check out our guide to kecap manis, including where to buy it and plenty of recipe inspiration, then read about what is gochujang, kombucha and kimchi.

What is kecap manis?

Kecap manis is a sweetened, spiced soy sauce from Indonesia. It has a thicker consistency than regular soy sauce – more akin to molasses or maple syrup – which makes it great in marinades, glazes, stir-fries and dressings, although it’s also used as a condiment.

Where to buy kecap manis

Cooks' Ingredients Ketjap Manis, £1.20/200ml, Waitrose

ABC Kecap Manis, £6.99/620ml, Amazon

Kecap manis recipes

Nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice)

This chicken fried rice is a classic Indonesian dish. It has a touch of heat from the galangal and white pepper, and sweetness from the kecap manis.

Chicken fried rice on a plate, topped with a fried egg

Sticky soy aubergines on gingery peanut fried rice

Packed with aromatic rice and sweet-sticky aubergines, this vegan dish is a great alternative to a classic stir-fry.

Soy Roasted Aubergines Recipe With Fried Rice

Roast broccoli wedges with kecap manis and peanuts

Use broccoli as a centrepiece, then scatter with spring onions, salted peanuts and crispy onions for an umami-rich vegan entertaining dish.

Oven Roasted Broccoli Recipe with Kecap Manis and Peanuts

Nasi goreng

Check out this traditional nasi goreng recipe made with chicken and topped with crispy fried eggs and punchy hot sauce. This simple Indonesian recipe makes a comforting weekend recipe and can feed the whole family.

Traditional Nasi Goreng Recipe

Chicken-fried chicken with peanut soy

Serve flavour-packed crispy chicken with sticky peanut sauce from Scott Hallsworth's Asian restaurant Freak Scene in London's Soho.

Chicken-Fried Chicken Recipe with Peanut Soy


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