Gado Gado (ish?) Recipe

July 21

gado gado
Let me start this post off by saying that I am not 100% sure what gado gado is supposed to taste like. My one and only experience with it was at the Naam, a vegetarian restaurant in Vancouver (that is certainly not known for authentic Indonesian food) with a perpetual line. We ate there the last time we were in town. It was an awkward time, between when you’re supposed to eat lunch and you’re supposed to eat dinner, and we hadn’t eaten anything. I chose the salad because I thought it would be light and wouldn’t ruin my appetite for the ample amount of sushi I needed to eat later that night. But I was wrong. I left the Naam pretty full, and with gado gado on my mind.
gado gado peanut sauce
gado gado peanut sauce
Upon further investigation, there are a few things I do know: Gado gado is an Indonesian salad with peanut dressing, hard boiled eggs and slightly cooked vegetables. There is a raw version of the salad, but it’s called something else. According to the recipes I consulted online, I know that most (if not all) of the ingredients that I used in the salad (i.e. tofu, potatoes, cabbage, tamarind and peanuts) are fairly common in gado gado; however, I have no idea in what proportions.
gado gado
gado gado- tofu
gado gado- 50 shades of beige
perfectly boiled eggs- gado gado
In the end, I decided it didn’t matter if I don’t know exactly how it is supposed to be. Wikipedia made me feel better with this decision, since it told me that it is common to ‘improvise’ this salad with whatever is on hand, which makes me suspect that there a bunch of variations of this floating around. Wikipedia also tells me that it’s common for hawkers to improvise the dressing and ingredients in the salad according to the individual’s taste, so if you want a little less sour and a little more sweet, adjust accordingly. What made me feel most confident in my decision to share this with you is that I ended up with something delicious: a filing salad (the tofu, eggs and potato give it real substance), that can be eaten warm, at room temperature and cold, with deliciously balanced (yet pretty tangy) peanut sauce.
gado gado
gado gado

Gado gado recipe

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 2 as a meal or 4 as a side

Gado gado recipe

You can easily make this vegan by leaving out the egg and the dried shrimp.

You can also make this an even heartier meal by adding char-grilling shrimp to the salad.

175g extra firm tofu, sliced in thick matchsticks
1/2 head of a small green cabbage, thinly sliced
3 small carrots, thinly sliced
2 large eggs
10 mini potatoes, halved or quarted (depending on size)
1/4 cup chopped roasted, unsalted peanuts, to garnish
1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, roasted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoon coconut or brown sugar
1 tablespoon dried shrimp
1/2 teaspoon chill flakes
1 tablespoon tamarind paste concentrate
1 tablespoon lime juice
2-3 tablespoons water

In a small pan, heat up a splash of oil. Season tofu with salt and pepper and pan fry until crispy.

In a large pan, add a bit of water and steam cabbage and carrots for 1-2 minutes. Run under cold water to stop the cooking process.

Boil eggs until hard (8 minutes, rolling boil) or soft boiled (5 minutes, rolling boil), depending on your preference. Peel and quarter, set aside.

Boil potatoes until fully cooked.

Combine all of the salad ingredients (except the egg) together in a bowl.

In a food processor, combine all ingredients for the dressing and process until a paste has formed. Add water until you are happy with the consistency (I added about 3 tablespoons). It shouldn't be pourable, but should be loose enough to toss with salad.

Combine salad and dressing, gently fold in egg and garnish with some chopped peanuts.

Recommended to serve at room temperature.

Gado gado Recipe was last modified: July 19, 2014 by My Second Breakfast

2 thoughts on “Gado Gado (ish?) Recipe

  1. Nice creation! Your Gado-Gado looks so fresh and yum! I just want to add that the authentic Gado-Gado are sweetish, and its unique taste comes from the combination of peanuts and potatoes. Lettuce is also the most common ingredients instead of cabbage. The classic sauce uses peanuts, while the commercial version sometimes adding cashew nuts to make the sauce nuttier and creamier, it’s dressed over the salad until you can hardly see its ingredients anymore :). Try to add in some boiled tempe if you can find it, and drizzle some sweet ketchup sauce as the final garnish. Oh, don’t forget a shrimp crackers! 😀

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