Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sambal Kecap, Spicy Sweet Soy Dipping Sauce

This Malaysian/Indonesian dipping sauce might not be as well known as sambal belacan but it is equally delicious and I would say more versatile. Often served alongside deep fried and grilled dishes, this addictive sauce will sure to get a few converts once it has been tasted.
P.S This is often served with satay instead of the popular peanut satay sauce in many parts of Indonesia.

you'll need;
6 bird chilies, chopped (remove seeds for a milder version)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 shallot, sliced
1/3 cup of kecap manis (sweet soy)
3 tbs of light soy
1 tbs of sugar
1 small piece of belacan (shrimp paste), toasted - optional
rind of one lime
juice of one lime

Place everything in a bowl and mix well.

Taste for seasonings, it should taste sweet, sour, salty and spicy. Add more of any of the ingredients to get the balance that suit your taste.

Add a few whole chilies as garnish and serve as a dipping sauce for fried or grilled meat/seafood.


  1. Wow...mouth watering sauce. Really good for any meat or seafood dipping.

  2. I will love to have some of this with my next bbq, It looks great! Love the chili garnish, don't want to bite into one though haha!

  3. I will have to try this one. Looks very spicy, but that is the way I like it.

  4. Harriet from CarltonMarch 11, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    I do remember having this during my trip to Jakarta. It goes really well with grilled meat indeed!

  5. Wow...awesome dip.I will dip everything into it...pancakes, omelette, meat, fritters etc etc.

  6. A very original sauce like everything you do.

  7. I was served this with satay when I was in Java, boy I was completely shocked and disappointed my favourite peanut sauce was no where to be seen lol speaking of ignorance :p
    Now I feel strange if this is not served with satay haha.

  8. This looks amazing! I love that rich brown glossy sauce! Yum

  9. Fantastic sauce, very useful for me..

  10. Delicious and tasty sauce!! love it

  11. I have to agree that this is very good sauce! Fried chicken is all I think of now.

  12. An exciting sauce! Such flavours!

  13. Looks very spicy with the chili padi you are using.

  14. Anncoo,
    Thank you! I actually made this for a fish dish, will post that tmr :)

    Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) ,
    Absolutely :)

    Tricia F ,
    You must! I added them just to brighten up the sauce.

    Bo ,
    Haha I'm glad you like a spicy sauce!

    Harriet from Carlton ,
    I'm glad you had this b4! :)

    So do we lol

    Thank you very much! kisses

    shanshan ,
    Oh at least you like it and became a convert!

    Elizabeth and Jared,
    Thank you! :)

    CUMI & CIKI ,
    Haha I know!

    Priya said...
    Thank you I'm happy to hear that!

    Jagruti said...
    Thank you very much!

    penny aka jeroxie,
    Thank you! I'm making some fried chicken tmr haha.

    Joy said...
    Thank you very much!

    tigerfish said...
    Those floating around are as garnish only! :)

  15. I can eat ANYTHING with this sauce! Mouth watering now ...

  16. im addicted just looking at it! oh u r cruel...i want some and some grilled fish now!

  17. I love this sauce, I normally have a jar of shop bought one ine my fridge . I'm going to try making this from now on!

  18. Wow, this sauce is amazing! Very talented :)

    ... and I have all of the ingredients.. Definitely going to make this and try it this weekend :)

    Check me out:

  19. I remember having this sauce with my satay in Indonesia, I actually much prefer this then the peanut sauce :) Thanks for the recipe!

  20. Ju,
    Me too! I have it with fried egg and rice haha!

    Haha I'll be posting a fish dish tomorrow!

    KL girl in MELB ,
    Oh the homemade sauce tastes so much better and cheaper too!

    Brisbane baker,
    Thank you very much, this is an everyday sauce in Malaysia :) Please do!

    You are most welcome!

  21. The sauce looks good! I can imagine why it is great with grilled and fried meat!

  22. Oh my.. it sounds very good. I am enjoying reading all these delicious and eye candy recipes you make.

  23. that sauce is so inviting! I'll remember to make some of this when I fry or grill food next! :)

  24. Sinful Southern Sweets ,
    Thank you!

    大肥 ,

    Thank you! Must give it a try!

    Nostalgia ,
    Thank you very much!

    rosa ,
    You must!

  25. Your recipes are so great and are a visual treat:) Loved this sauce and the chilli garnish looks great!

  26. Amazing sauce! I could get addicted to this really fast. Not quite so spicy for me, though. Wish I'd had some last night with my fish!

  27. The first thing that came to mind with this beautiful sauce was "Hanger Steak" this cut is perfect! photos are excellent!

    Thank you

  28. Oh boy...thats very tempting dipping sauce there...spicy and inviting. Like all the ingredients gone in there...droolworhty.

  29. nampak sangat sedap tapi pastinya sangat pedas kan?

  30. awesome!!! spicy and yummy!!! loved it

  31. I LOVE dipping sauces of any kind. This looks great!

  32. I'd totally love this spicy sauce with satays :D

  33. That sounds wicked good, although I must admit I've never heard of it before. Now I have to see if I can find some kecap manis!

  34. Ohhh, this dip must be fantastic with pork dumpling. Dear, I still can't get over your chicken spareribs and net bread. I am going insane for this Roti Jala maker to make some and now this dipping sauce. My list of try-outs from your honest-to-goodness posts are getting longer.
    Might I say, the blog title would have been better if it was, 3 Ravenous Tummies. Lol.

  35. that's a great sauce...thanks !

  36. The dip would be great to eat with some poached shrimps!

  37. Rachana Kothari ,
    Thank you very much! Glad you like it!

    Barbara ,
    Thank you! The spiciness of the sauce can be easily adjusted :)

    natural selection,
    Thamk you! I can imagine it would be great with hanger steak!

    Malar Gandhi ,
    Thank you! I hope you'll try it soon!

    cikmanggis ,
    Nampak pedas saja, cili yang saya beli tu tidak berapa pedas :)

    Sarah Naveen ,
    Thank you!

    Michael ,
    Thank you!

    Yasmeen ,
    Try it and let me know :)

    Bob ,
    I hope you'll be a convert! Get some soon!

    Cool Lassi(e) ,
    Oh thank you very much! You are making me very happy! Do let me know if you try any of the recipes!

    Gulmohar ,
    Thank you! :)

    Angie's Recipes ,
    Absolutely! I am thinking the huge ones :)

  38. This looks amazing! I must get another bottle of sweet soy!

  39. Love coming here - I learn so many new things. That sauce is indeed mouth-watering and enticing. Oh for just a spoonful right now...

  40. the sauce looks very spicy! :) I like!

  41. Is this a Malaysian week? I like Malaysian food as long as it is not too spicy hehe.

  42. The dipping sauce looks so yummy! Spicy, I'm sure! Love it!

  43. This is perfect for the fish dish I just saw buddy! Just to remind you chilies are ripe for picking if you want some!

  44. love to eat ,
    Thank you! You must always stock up on sweet soy!

    Thank you! I am glad you like this!

    Thank you! it is not that spicy really!

    little panda,
    Didn't really plan it but It is going that way I think!

    Sook ,
    Thank you very much!

    Thank you buddy, Love to have some :)


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