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  • Posted by: Food52
  • March 17, 2020
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HalfPint March 17, 2020
I making a stir fry recipe that calls for Kecap Manis. I only have dark soy sauce. Is that an ok substitute?
 
Nancy March 17, 2020
HP.
Partly.
I have two recipes for substitutes.
First is 13 tbsp Maggi seasoning + 3 tbsp molasses (makes 1c).
Second is 3/4c soy/tamari sauce, 1/3c brown sugar, 3 tbsp molasses, small clove garlic crushed, 1 point whole star anise or 1/8 tsp ground. Mix and heat through. Let cool. If you used whole spice, remove before using sauce (makes about 1 1/2 cup).
 
Nancy March 17, 2020
Or if the soy sauce is all you have.
 
Brinda A. March 17, 2020
Hi HalfPint! Hope you're doing well and hanging in there. These products are quite similar to one another in that they're both thick, sweetened soy sauces, but originate from different places and are sweetened with slightly different things—black soy sauce is a Chinese product (sweetened with molasses), and kecap manis, Indonesian (sweetened with palm sugar). They should be texturally quite consistent, and interchangeable from that POV. Black soy sauce does tend to be a hair saltier, though, so I'd just adjust the seasoning for the rest of the dish. Hope this helps!
 
HalfPint March 17, 2020
Thank you, Nancy & Brinda :)
 
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