Indonesian Veggie Salad with Peanut Sauce Dressing (Gado Gado)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

According to Wikipedia, Gado-gado is a traditional dish in Indonesia cuisine. It is a vegetable salad served with a peanut sauce dressing. In Indonesia, you may find it served in big restaurants or just in small food stalls or street vendor. Even it is widely served in Indonesian restaurants overseas.
I made this gado gado using instant peanut sauce dressing available in Asian stores. You may need to add some seasoning if you like.

- bunch of water morning glory (Indonesian-kangkung), cut into 6cm in length
- bunch of long bean, cut into 6cm in length
- 2 chocho, peel off the skin, discard the core and cut into small cubes
- bunch of bean sprout
- 3 potato, boil, peel off the skin and cut into small chunks
- 3 eggs, boil, peel off the shell and cut into 8 each
- 1 block of tempeh, cut into small squares and fry until golden brown
- 2 blocks of tofu, cut into small squares and fry until half-cooked
- 1 package of instant peanut sauce dressing
- water
- oil for frying

Side dishes:
- rice dumpling
- shrimp crackers
- gnetum gnemon crackers (Indonesian-krupuk melinjo)
- fried onion

Boil all the veggies in water until cooked (do not overcooked), then drain the water and put it aside. Meanwhile, make the dressing by dissolving the instant peanut sauce dressing with hot water until the desired consistency, or you may boil cold water and then cook the dressing and mix it well. Add any other seasoning, ex. chili, palm sugar, salt, you wish.
To serve, arrange rice dumpling, cooked veggies, boiled egg and potato, fried tempeh and tofu on a plate. Then pour the peanut sauce dressing on top of it. Add crackers and sprinkle some fried onion.


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