Recipe by Abi Fae
From the Essential Asian Cookbook for the ZWT6! This one is from Indonesia. note: Kecap manis; Other names: kecap manise, ketjap manis [KEH-chuhp MAH-nees] An Indonesian sauce similar to a sweet soy sauce flavored with garlic and/or star anise. Kecap manis is sweetened with palm sugar and is used as a condiment. The sauce is thick and not at all salty and has a very rich caramely flavor.
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 red chilies, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon shrimp paste (optional)
- 8 ounces crunchy peanut butter, organic and unsalted
- 8 ounces coconut milk
- 8 ounces water
- 2 teaspoons ketjap manis
- 1 tablespoon tomato sauce
- 8 ounces potatoes
- 2 carrots
- 6 1⁄2 ounces green beans
- 1⁄4 cabbage, shredded
- 3 hard-boiled eggs
- 6 1⁄2 ounces bean sprouts
- 1⁄2 cucumber
- 4 ounces firm tofu
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted peanuts
Directions See How It's Made
- Prepare the veggies however you best like them. Steamed, fresh, parboiled, fried. Whatever you like. Cut everything to bite size. Any veggies are fine, above is just a list of ideas.
- Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and garlic and cook low for 8 minutes, stirring regularly.
- Add the chili and shrimp paste and cook another minute. Remove from heat and add peanut butter. Stir until well mixed.
- Return to heat and add coconut milk and water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
- Reduce the heat; add kecap manis and tomato sauce. Simmer another minute and allow to cool.
- Arrange the vegetables on a plate and drizzle with the sauce. Leave most of the sauce in a bowl for dipping.