The ultimate Indonesian salad
Gado-gado means is an Indonesian salad of raw, slightly boiled, blanched or steamed vegetables and hard-boiled eggs, boiled potato, fried tofu and tempeh, and lontong (rice wrapped in a banana leaf), served with a peanut sauce dressing.
You can find gado-gado everywhere
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. The peanut sauce is main component and would well coat the mix of vegetables, eggs tofu and tempe.
Gado-gado is made of rich mixture of vegetables
Gado-gado is made of a 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.
The common primary ingredients of the peanut sauce are : ground fried peanuts, coconut sugar/palm sugar, chillies (according to taste) and terasi (dried shrimp paste), salt, tamarind juice, lime juice and water to dilute. All ingredient is mixed with pestle and mortar.
Like many Indonesian dishes, gado-gado will not be complete without kerupuk. This crunchy round kerupuk is made from tapioca flour.
Gado-gado is generally freshly made, sometimes in front of the customers to suit their preferred degree of spiciness, which corresponds to the amount of chili pepper included.