Gado Gado

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Gado Gado meaning ‘mix mix’ is an Indonesian salad topped with peanut sauce and and an egg. The
perfect quick lunch or dinner any night of the week.

I am an absolute sucker for a good hearty salad, and this Gado Gado is the kind of thing my salad dreams are made of. Don’t get me wrong, I also enjoy a nice bowl of delicate leafy greens, but there is something about a salad filled with protein and denser vegetables that really screams healthy meal to me.

Gado Gado translates to ‘mix-mix’ in Indonesian, and traditionally the dish is composed of a rich mixture of boiled or steamed vegetables and proteins such as tofu and eggs. The components vary by region, but the main highlight of the dish is brightly flavoured peanut sauce that the ingredients are tossed in – a beautiful blend of savoury, slightly sweet and slightly spicy.

And let’s just talk about this sauce for a minute because this sauce is EVERYTHING! Creamy, with a perfect blend of flavours: peanut, lime, heat and the right balance of sweetness and saltiness. This sauce is a winner, and you are going to want to put it on everything!

We love Gado Gado for either lunch or dinner, and it is an excellent way to use up leftover vegetables from the week – just add a boiled egg and tofu to whatever vegetables you have in your fridge and top with the sauce.

Don’t be intimidated by the list of ingredients – I like a lot of variety in my salads, so I love to throw as many vegetables in them as possible, but you truly can use whatever you want, or whatever you have on hand. As for the sauce, if you do any southeast Asian cooking at home, you probably have most of this on hand already, but if you don’t it’s just a matter of purchasing them and throwing them all in the blender. It may seem like a bit of investment for one salad, but trust me, you are going to make this one again!

Ingredients for Gado Gado:

For the salad:

    Purple cabbage
    Cucumber
    Tomato
    Green Apple
    Bean Sprouts
    Radish
    Extra Firm tofu
    Eggs
    Green onion

For the sauce:

    Coconut milk
    All natural peanut butter
    Garlic
    Birds eye chilli (the tiny red ones)
    Tamarind paste
    Maple syrup
    Lime juice
    Soy sauce
    Kejap Manis (Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce)

Equipment:

    Blender
    Stove

How to Make Gado Gado:

Boil a medium pot of water for the eggs, and heat your oven to 400 F
Cube the tofu into half inch sized cubes and spread out on a baking tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes. The tofu will be crisper and denser when fully cooked.
When the water is boiling, place the eggs in one at a time using a spoon. Dip the eggs in and out of the water a couple of times so they can adjust to the boiling temperature without cracking. Boil the eggs for 6 minutes and remove from the boiling water. Rinse under cold water then set aside to cool.
Blend up the sauce ingredients until smooth
Divide the vegetables amongst plate, then top with tofu and a peeled egg. Drizzle sauce over the salads, and serve.

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Gado Gado

an Indonesian salad of raw vegetables, tofu and boiled egg with a slightly sweet and spicy peanut dressing

Course Salad
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 420 kcal
Author Courtney

Ingredients

Salad

  • 14 oz Firm tofu
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 1 cup red cabbage, julienned
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple, sliced
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, quartered
  • 4 radishes, sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced
  • 2 cups beansprouts
  • 1 handful Fresh cilantro, chopped

Sauce

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 Fresh red chili, seeds removed
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp Kejap Manis (Indonesian Soy Sauce)

Instructions

  1. Boil a medium pot of water for the eggs, and heat your oven to 400℉

  2. Cube the tofu into half inch sized cubes and spread out on a baking tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes. The tofu will be crisper and denser when fully cooked.
  3. When the water is boiling, place the eggs in one at a time using a spoon. Dip the eggs in and out of the water a couple of times so they can adjust to the boiling temperature without cracking. Boil the eggs for 6 minutes and remove from the boiling water. Rinse under cold water then set aside to cool.
  4. Blend up the sauce ingredients until smooth
  5. Divide the vegetables amongst plate, then top with tofu and a peeled egg. Drizzle sauce over the salads, and serve.

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