A simple pork recipe with onion and a truly flavorful soy-based sauce that is most appealing.

Babi Ketjap (Soy Pork)
Recipe type: Pork
Serves: 4 to 6
  • 500 grams pork
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • salt
  • onion
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sambal oelek (hot pepper condiment)
  • 5 Tablespoons sweet soy sauce (ketjap manis)
  • 150 ml water
  • butter or oil
  1. Dice pork, rub in salt and pepper and fry in hot oil or butter. Then add the finely sliced onions, spices and the hot pepper condiment.
  2. After this add the water and the soy sauce. Bring to the boil and simmer for at least half an hour until the meat is done.
  3. Serve Babi Ketjap on a large plate, garnish with sliced tomatoes and chopped vegetable pickles. Eat with plain or savory rice or Mei.
There are quite a few pork dishes in the book (including another version of this one). Evidently minorities are well enough represented that pork has earned a place in the cuisine of predominantly Muslim Indonesia. This would be excellent done with 1 inch long pieces of baby back ribs. Don't stew it too long or maybe use bigger chunks of pork. We used pieces between a half and a quarter inch on a side and the meat got a tad dried out. No complaint on the taste though! Also toss in a couple of scallions cut into one inch chunks just before it's done stewing.

From "Indonesian Food and Cookery", Sri Owen, Prospect Books, London, 1986."

For those who aren't familiar with it, Kecap Manis (or ketjap manis) is a thick, sweet Indonesian soy sauce that does wonderful things for meat and poultry as a marinade/BBQ sauce as well as a condiment.

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