Waiting for Gado-gado

The ultimate Indonesian salad

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Gado-gado (2021) by Nugraha PratamaIndonesia Gastronomy Network

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.

Gado-gado (2021) by Nugraha PratamaIndonesia Gastronomy Network

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.

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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.

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Peanut sauce

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. 

Gado-gado (2021) by Nugraha PratamaIndonesia Gastronomy Network

Kerupuk

Like many Indonesian dishes, gado-gado will not be complete without kerupuk. This crunchy round kerupuk is made from tapioca flour. 

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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. 

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