Gado-gado is the one salad from Indonesia that needs no introduction. The creamy, sweet, sour, and spicy peanut sauce is really what makes this a great salad. If there is such a thing as a national salad, this gado-gado will be it. ♥
There is no strict rule to what goes in a gado-gado, but it must at least include boiled eggs and boiled potatoes to count as one. The rest of the ingredients is really up to you. Some of the more common ingredients include: blanched cabbage, blanched bean sprouts, blanched snake beans, blanched green beans, blanched spinach, raw cucumber, boiled chayote, deep fried tofu, deep fried tempeh, and emping (melinjo crackers).
You can see why gado-gado is pretty popular, huh? As long as you have extra peanut sauce saved in your fridge, you can quickly prepare this salad with pretty much whatever fresh vegetables you have at hand. ♥
- 200 gram peanut, deep fried or roasted
- 4 cloves garlic
- 50 gram palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa)
- 1 to 10 Thai chilies (Indonesian: cabe rawit), seeded - use as much or as little as you like
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon toasted shrimp paste (Indonesian: terasi), omit to make a vegetarian sauce
- 1 teaspoon tamarind pulp, soaked in 2 tablespoon of warm water to get the juice
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
- 2 cup hot water
- 4 potatoes, peeled, cubed, and boiled
- 4 eggs, hard boiled, peeled, and cut into quarters
- blanched cabbage (Indonesian: kol)
- blanched bean sprouts (Indonesian: tauge)
- blanched snake beans (Indonesian: kacang panjang)
- blanched green beans (Indonesian: buncis)
- blanched spinach (Indonesian: bayam)
- raw cucumber (Indonesian: timun)
- boiled chayote (Indonesian: labu siam)
- deep fried tofu
- deep fried tempeh
- melinjo crackers (Indonesian: emping)
- Place peanut, garlic, palm sugar, Thai chilies, salt, and toasted shrimp paste in a food processor. Grind until everything is well mixed. Remove into a mixing bowl.
- Add tamarind juice, lime juice, and sweet soy sauce and mix well.
- Pour only enough of the hot water while keep stirring to get to the consistency of peanut sauce that you like.
- Place some boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, and whatever optional salad ingredients that you want to have in your gado-gado. Serve the peanut sauce in a small bowl.
- Just prior to eating the salad, pour the peanut sauce and mix well.