Kecap manis is a spiced sweet soy condiment—said to be a precursor to ketchup—used frequently in Indonesian cooking. Though palm sugar is traditional, a mixture of brown sugar and molasses makes a fine, and more readily available, substitute.
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 3⁄4 cup Japanese soy sauce
- 3 Tbsp. molasses
- 1⁄2 tsp. ground laos (also known as galangal)
- 1⁄2 tsp. ground coriander
- 1⁄2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper