Babi kecap

Babi kecap
Babi kecap, Chinese Indonesian pork braised in sweet soy sauce
Alternative names Babi ketjap (Dutch dialect)
Course Main course
Place of origin Indonesia
Created by Chinese Indonesian
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Pork and vegetables simmered in kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) spiced with garlic and shallot
Variations Semur
Cookbook: Babi kecap  Media: Babi kecap

Babi kecap is an Indonesian braised pork with sweet soy sauce (kecap manis).[1][2] It is one of Chinese Indonesian classics, due to its simplicity which lend to its popularity among Chinese Indonesians households, and also popular among non-Muslim Indonesians, such as Balinese, Batak and Minahasan. It is also popular in the Netherlands as babi ketjap, owing to shared colonial ties with Indonesia. In the Netherlands, the dish might also be served within an opulent rijsttafel banquet.[3]

The dish is believed to be based on Southern Chinese braised pork in soy sauce. However, it is more Indonesian in nature, because of the mild sweetness introduced by Indonesian kecap manis (sweet soy sauce). It is sometimes prepared with a sweet chili sauce.[4]

In Bali, babi kecap is consumed at festivals such as Galungan and Nyepi.[5]


The basic Chinese Indonesian recipe, common in their household, usually uses simple essential ingredients, which are cuts of pork belly simmered with sweet soy sauce, spiced with garlic, shallot or onion, and a dash of salt. The popular recipes employed elsewhere — from Chinatowns' restaurants in Indonesia, to Bali and the Netherlands, uses richer spices, which might add lemongrass, ginger, tomato, shrimp paste, salam leaf (Indonesian bay leaf), white pepper and red chilies.[5] If sweet soy sauce was not available, it can be substituted with common soy sauce added with ground palm sugar or brown sugar. Less hot and spicy sweet pepper might be used to replace common red chilies.


Pork belly is usually a preferred part to be used as main ingredient for babi kecap. However, another parts of pork — either meats or offals, might also be used in almost identical soy sauce-based recipes, which might lead to another derivative dishes. Sengkel babi kecap uses pig trotters, while sekba is Chinese Indonesian pork offals stew in soy sauce, which might uses pork liver, nose, tongue, ear, tripes and intestines.

Similar dishes

It is very similar to other Indonesian favourite semur daging, although semur is usually beef-based, mixed with potatoes and employed slightly different spices. The chicken variant is called ayam kecap.

See also


  1. Shurtleff, W.; Aoyagi, A. (2014). History of Soybeans and Soyfoods in Korea, and in Korean Cookbooks, Restaurants, and Korean Work with Soyfoods outside Korea:. Soyinfo Center. p. 514. ISBN 978-1-928914-66-2. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  2. Shurtleff, W.; Aoyagi, A. (2012). History of Soy Sauce (160 CE To 2012). Soyinfo Center. p. 1467. ISBN 978-1-928914-44-0. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  3. Monique (9 June 2013). "Indonesian Braised Pork with Sweet Soy Sauce (Babi Kecap)". My Little Chequered Kitchen.
  4. Kruger, V. (2014). Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali. Tuttle Publishing. p. 148. ISBN 978-1-4629-1423-4. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  5. 1 2 De Neefe, J. (2006). Fragrant Rice: My Continuing Love Affair with Bali [Includes 115 Recipes]. Periplus Editions (HK) Limited. p. 83. ISBN 978-0-7946-5028-5. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
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