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Gado-Gado Bowl with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Gado-Gado Bowl with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Gado-Gado is an Indonesian salad served with spicy peanut sauce. It’s a popular vegetarian dish in Indonesia and widely sold in almost every part of Indonesia. This mixed vegetable dish contains no meat at all and it’s a good choice if you are vegetarian or even vegan. 

The vegetables used in gado-gado quite vary, every region have their own version of gado-gado. In Jakarta (sometimes it called Betawinese gado-gado) they usually add boiled unripe jackfruit, while in my hometown in Makassar the seller adding fresh lettuce.

Gado-Gado Bowl with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Gado-Gado Bowl with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Peanut Sauce

  • 200 grams unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 500 ml coconut milk
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 5 red chillies
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 50 grams palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kecap manis
  • salt and sugar to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind concentrate

Gado-Gado Bowl

  • 1 boiled potato, peeled and cubed
  • 8 lettuce leaves, roughly chopped
  • 5 kale, roughly chopped
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 100 grams bean sprout, blanched
  • 1 block firm tofu or tempe, cut into small chunks
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs
  • rice cake, optional

Cooking Direction

  • Peanut sauce: Heat oil in a pan over medium-low heat. Add garlic and chillies and cook for 2-3 minutes until soft, let it cool. Transfer garlic, chilli, roasted peanuts, kaffir lime leaves and palm sugar to a food processor; pulse until ground.
  • Transfer paste to a saucepan and add coconut milk, cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in tamarind concentrate, water, kecap manis and season with salt and sugar. Simmer until sauce is thickened 3-4 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan and fry tofu until puffed and golden, drain on paper towel.
  • Arrange potato, lettuce, kale, cucumber, bean sprouts, rice cake and tofu in a bowl. Top with sliced hard boiled egg and fried shallots, drizzle with peanut sauce and calamansi or lime juice.

Gado-Gado Bowl with Spicy Peanut Sauce


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