Indonesian Sweet Soya Sauce with Chili

Origin: Java Island


  • 7 pc small red oder green chillies / bird chillies
  • 5 pc shallots
  • 1 pc mid-size tomato
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (optional)
  • Indonesian sweet soya sauce / Kecap Manis

Indonesian Sweet Soya Sauce with Chilli

Sambal Kecap is a suitable companion for fried fish dishes or can be served as a satay sauce especially for those of you who're not too keen on peanut sauce. It is a very quick & simple home-made relish. Just chop & slice and Sambal Kecap is ready to serve!!. Actually there is no absolute recipe for making sambal kecap . You can set the amount of ingredients that fits to your taste and appetite. For those who like it spicy, just add the bird chilli as you desired.
Note: You can replace raw shallot with fried shallot if you don't like eating raw ones. Lime juice is also optional, meaning you can make sambal kecap with or without it. But I personally prefer a little touch of sourness in my sambal kecap, which I think it gives freshness taste especially if this sauce is meant to accompany fish dishes. Whatever version you preferred, the choice is yours according to individual taste. Have a nice try & enjoy your sambal kecap 😉


  • Wash and chop chillies & tomato. Slice the shallot finely.
  • Put all the ingredients in a bowl. Add kecap manis until all ingredients are submerged in it.
  • Add lime juice (if used). Mix all together & serve.


  • Prepare sambal kecap just shortly before serving and don't let it too long unconsumed because tomato provides a lot of water which later ruining the sambal's flavor.
Keyword chilli, Indonesian, sambal, sweet soya sauce

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