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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-11-24 10:27
Subject: Ketjap manis
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The other day, I was looking round the shelves of the local Tesco in the odd hope that they had some sweet soy sauce suitable for happydisciple's satay sauce recipe. But, despite my search, I didn't find it.

Yesterday, I was idly perusing the shelves looking for the paella rice when I noticed a small bottle filled with dark liquid.

Closer examination showed that it was indeed the Indonesian sweet soy that I'd previously been looking for. It is, however, quite possible that I didn't see it on the previous occasion because it's not so labelled: the large lettering on the front says 'Ketjap Manis'. No wonder my mental filter didn't see it: it didn't see the words 'soy sauce' on it.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-11-24 11:58 (UTC)
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Yes. Specifically, in this case, a sweet soy sauce.

I think the problem was that happydisciple is Dutch and, as such, terribly helpful. And he naturally translated it into English, knowing my command of Dutch is so minimal that I occasionally suspect the entire language may be a hoax <ahem, sorry>.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-11-24 12:07 (UTC)
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(OK, so I don't know Indonesian either. Or whatever language 'ketjap' and 'manis' actually originated.)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-11-24 12:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Indeed - and there is even the catsup/ketchup spelling split for the kecap/ketjap. But what else should we expect for foreign food names? It's not as though certain basic British foodstuffs don't have seemingly dozens of different names. How many names are there for a bread roll?

Oh, and for reference, the bottle in question is as here.
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