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Indonesian Gado Gado, a colorful vegetable plate with boiled egg halves, fried tofu, krupuk and peanut sauce

Indonesian Gado Gado - a delicious “blend”

March 27th, 2020 | main dishes

Gado Gado is an Indonesian national dish (one of the few without rice) that could be described as a large, colorful vegetable plate with exotic peanut dressing. If Gado Gado is served in the crew mess, my dearest captain usually gets a bright and proud message from an Indonesian crewmember: “Today it’s Gado Gado, Captain!” Because he likes this dish so much, we now prepare it at home from time to time…

Indonesian Gado Gado - a delicious “blend”

Literally translated, Gado Gado means “blend”, because you can put together all kinds of vegetables either raw or blanched. In addition to the vegetables, boiled eggs, krupuk and fried tofu are essential.

For the peanut sauce there are certainly an infinite number of different variants and each family has its own secret recipe. I got the following from an Indonesian chef – it’s delicious!

Indonesian Gado Gado

(4 servings)

40 g peanut butter
50 ml apple juice
50 ml vegetable broth
30 ml soy sauce
30 ml hazelnut oil
juice of 1 - 2 limes
15 ml white wine vinegar
4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1 shallot, roughly chopped
2 stalks of lemongrass, roughly chopped
2 cm ginger, grated (alternatively ½ ts galangal powder)
½ ts allspice d’Espelette
1 TS of tamarind paste
puree all ingredients in a blender
300 g green beans
blanch* the beans, i. e. put them in boiling salted water, bring to the boil again, boil for 1.5 - 2 minutes, then rinse with ice-cold water
½ pointed cabbage, in strips
blanch, i. e. proceed as with the beans
2 carrots, sliced
1 cucumber, in sticks
1 red bell pepper, in strips
3 stalks of celery, sliced
50 g mung bean sprouts
4 eggs, soft-boiled, halved
1 red chilli, seeded, in fine rings
arrange all ingredients on plates
100 g tofu, diced
2 TS coconut oil, clarified butter or oil
fry the tofu until golden brown, drain on kitchen paper
crab chips (Krupuk)**
1 handful of roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
top the Gado Gado with krupuk, tofu and peanuts, pour the peanut sauce on top or serve the dressing in a separate bowl

GOOD TO KNOW

* Blanching means: Briefly pre-cooking vegetables in boiling water, then quickly cooling them in ice water.

** Krupuk is an Indonesian cracker made from tapioca flour, salt, ground shrimp and spices. You can get ready-baked Krupuk in the Asian grocery or buy Krupuk chips there and deep fry them fresh at home. It is best to use highly heatable peanut oil as the deep-frying oil. Warning: the crab chips only need seconds in the hot fat, otherwise they turn brown.

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