Sweet Soy Sauce
Tian Mian Jiang
The end result of this process is a sauce that’s thick, sweet, savory, and just generally very satisfying and tasty alongside so many Indonesian dishes.
Kecap manis is not just the most popular condiment in Indonesia — it’s used everywhere and almost all soy sauce production in the country (over 90%) goes towards making it. It’s popular as a marinade, to baste on grilled food and satay, in mie goreng and other noodle dishes, in stir fries, as a dipping sauce, or drizzled on top of certain foods. While it’s obviously not as common in the US or Canada as it is in its home country, you’ve tasted it if you’ve eaten the popular Indonesian instant noodle, Indomie, which comes with seasoning packets that include kecap manis, chili sauce, and fried onion flakes.
You can find kecap manis in Uwajimaya’s condiments aisle.