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Sambal Kecap: Sweet Soy Sauce Sambal

Sambal Kecap: Sweet Soy Sauce Sambal (Vegan)

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Sauces & Sambals
  • Method: Stirring
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Vegan


Sambal kecap is an easy and delicious sauce made using sweet soy sauce, chillies, and shallots. It’s enjoyed as a condiment with steamed rice, and is also used in grilled and fried dishes.


  • 3 green chilies, small, sliced
  • 2 red chilies, small, sliced
  • 3 shallots, peeled, thinly sliced
  • Half a firm red tomato, deseeded, sliced into small cubes
  • 5 tbsp sweet soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (optional)


  1. In a small serving bowl, put together all ingredients.
  2. Gently stir until all is coated in sweet soy sauce.
  3. Serve immediately.

    Sambal kecap is ready


  • Compared to onions, shallots have a milder flavour. They’re preferable when available, but can be substituted with onion.
  • Lime juice will add tartness. It’s definitely optional.
  • If preferred, a tablespoon of water can be added to dilute the sweet soy sauce.

Keywords: Quick and easy, spicy, common ingredients