Pork in Sweet Soy Sauce Recipe - Babi Ketjap

Babi Ketjap (Pork in Sweet Soy Sauce)
Babi Ketjap (Pork in Sweet Soy Sauce). Jen Voo Photography / Getty Images
  • 4 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • Yield: serves 4
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Like so many other slow-cooked stews, this babi ketjap stew from the former Dutch colony of Indonesia will not be winning any beauty prizes, but it more than makes up for that in flavor. Don't let the cooking time scare you - this recipe couldn't be any easier. Slow doesn't necessarily mean difficult, it's simply a matter of the pot doing all the work for you.

What You'll Need

  • 2 onions (finely chopped)
  • 4 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 lb. pork (you can use almost any cut of pork, cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 tsp. coriander (ground)
  • 1 tsp. ginger (ground)
  • 1 tsp. cumin (ground)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2/3 cup/70 g. tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp. ketjap manis (a thick, sweetened soy sauce from Indonesia)
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup peanuts (unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup coconut (desiccated)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 chile
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 cup white rice (cooked according to package directions)
  • Garnish: sambal (or another chili paste)

How to Make It

  1. In a Dutch oven, fry the onions in the oil. Turn the heat up, add the meat and brown on all sides. Now turn the heat down a bit and add the aromatics and the garlic. Stir in the tomato paste, ketjap manis,and vinegar.
  2. Cover with enough water to cover the meat and bring to the boil. Now simmer for 3 or 4 hours on a low heat. The sauce will have thickened considerably. Taste, and season with salt and pepper. Chop the cilantro leaves and strew over liberally just before serving.
  1. In a dry frying pan toast the peanuts. They're done when the peanutty fumes hit your nose. Add the coconut and fry until golden. Remove from the pan and serve in little bowls.
  2. Halve the cucumber lengthways. Gouge out the seeds using a teaspoon. Discard seeds. Now cut the cucumber into thin half moon slices. Place the slices in a bowl. Cut the chile in half, remove the seeds and chop very finely. Add the cucumber. Now make a salad dressing by adding together the oil, vinegar, and a pinch each of sugar, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Drizzle some of the salad dressing over the cucumber salad. Toss and serve.
  3. We always serve Babi Ketjap with cooked white rice, sambal paste, cucumber salad and little bowls of the peanut & coconut mix.