Gado-gado (Indonesian Food) is an Indonesian salad of slightly boiled, blanched or steamed vegetables and hard-boiled eggs, fried tofu and tempeh, and lontong (rice wrapped in a banana leaf), served with a peanut sauce dressing.
The term gado or the verb menggado means to consume something without rice. Gado-gado in Indonesian literally means “mix-mix” since it is made of rich mixture of vegetables such as potatoes, longbeans, bean sprouts, spinach, chayote, bitter gourd, corn and cabbage, with tofu, tempeh and hard-boiled eggs, all mixed in peanut sauce dressing, sometimes also topped with krupuk and sprinkles of fried shallots. Gado-gado is different from lotek atah or karedok which uses raw vegetables. Another similar dish is the Javanese pecel.
Gado-gado is widely sold in almost every part of Indonesia, with each area having its own modifications. It is thought to have originally been a Sundanese dish, as it is most prevalent in Western parts of Java (which includes Jakarta, Banten, and West Java provinces). The Javanese have their own slightly similar version of a vegetables-in-peanut-sauce dish called pecel which is more prevalent in Central and East Java. Gado-gado is widely available from hawkers’ carts, stalls (warung) and restaurants and hotels in Indonesia; it is also served in Indonesian-style restaurants worldwide. Though it is customarily called a salad, the peanut sauce is a larger component of gado-gado than is usual for the dressings in Western-style salads; the vegetables should be well coated with it.
Some eating establishments use different mixtures of peanut sauce, such as adding cashew nuts for taste.
The key to a delicious gado-gado is the sauce made of fried crushed savory peanuts, sweet palm sugar, garlic, chilies, salt, tamarind and a squeeze of lime. Formerly, gado-gado sauce was generally made to order, sometimes in front of the customers to suit their personal preference for the degree of spiciness, which corresponds to the amount of chili pepper included. However, particularly in the West, gado-gado sauce is often prepared ahead of time and in bulk. Gado-gado sauce is also available in dried form, which simply needs to be rehydrated by adding hot water.
Gado-gado sauce is not to be confused with satay sauce, which is also a peanut sauce.(wikipedia.org)
-Peanut Sauce dressing:
- 500gr ground fried peanuts (kidney beans may be substituted for a richer taste).
- 150 gr coconut sugar/palm sugar (substitute brown sugar if unavailable).
- 7 chillies/cayennes (according to preference and desired degree of spiciness).
- terasi (dried shrimp paste) (optional)
- salt for taste.
- 1 tsp tamarind juice.
- 4 candle nut
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp vinegar (optional, if you don’t want to use you can add 1tsp tamaring juice)
- lime juice
- 1 glass water to dilute.
- 1lt coconut milk.
- blanched – shredded, chopped, or sliced green vegetables such as cabbage, kangkung, spinach, bean sprouts, boiled young jack fruit, chayote, string bean, green bean, bitter melon, and corn.
- sliced – boiled potatoes
- uncooked – sliced cucumber
- peeled and sliced boiled eggs
- sliced – fried tofu and tempeh
- Blend peanut, candle nut, garlic, salt n chillies until blended.
- Boil the water with palm sugar in sauce pan until boiling n add peanut n coconut milk mash it until smooth, combined n boiled then add tamarind juice (n vinegar). Turn off the stove n add lemon mix it n taste it.
- Put the vegetables on plate with tahu, tempeh an egg n peanut dressing. Gado-gado ready to eat, have a nice cooking all….
Outside Indonesia, it is usual to improvise with whatever vegetables are available. All the ingredients are blanched or lightly boiled, including vegetables, potatoes and bean sprouts, except for the tempeh and tofu, which is fried, and cucumber which is sliced and served fresh. The blanched vegetables and other ingredients are mixed well with the peanut sauce.
In Indonesia gado-gado is commonly served mixed with chopped lontong or ketupat (glutinous rice cake), or with steamed rice served separately. It is nearly always served with krupuk (crackers), e.g. tapioca crackers or emping, Indonesian style fried crackers, which are made from melinjo. A common garnish is bawang goreng a finely-chopped fried shallot sprinkles