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Last updated 6/12/2012 1:28:50 AM. Recipe ID 64370. Report a problem with this recipe.
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Gado-gado is a vegetable salad with a peanut sauce dressing.


    * For the salad:
          o mixed vegetables (cabbage, bean sprouts, cucumber, chayote, water spinach, yardlong 
bean, spinach). Cauliflower, green beans, watercress, carrots, tomatoes, or peas are sometimes 
included but less common.
          o potatoes
          o deep fried soybean cake
          o deep fried tempeh
          o boiled eggs
          o deep fried kerupuk (fish or prawn crackers)
          o deep fried shallot

    * For the peanut sauce (4 servings):
          o 300 gr peanuts
          o 1 clove garlic
          o 4 shallot
          o 1 gr terasi (fermented prawn paste)
          o 125 gr Gula Jawa (Indonesian Palm Sugar)
          o sugar
          o fresh or dried chili pepper
          o fresh lime juice, or rice vinegar


For the peanut sauce

   1. Fry prawn paste with cooking oil until fragrant
   2. Fry the peanuts until golden brown, remove from the pan and leave to cool, and drain off all 
but a little of the excess oil
   3. Grind the peanuts to make paste
   4. Add ground fresh chili pepper, garlic, salt, brown sugar and prawn paste to the peanut 
paste, grind to mix
   5. Put peanut paste in a pan, add some water to dissolve (use coconut milk for richer taste)
   6. Add some sugar into the peanut sauce to taste and bring to the boil
   7. Simmer peanut sauce until thick and season with the lemon or lime juice.

For the salad

   1. Hard-boil the eggs and slice
   2. Steam or boil the potatoes then remove the skin
   3. Deep fry the boiled potatoes until golden brown, then slice
   4. Wash, shred or chop cabbage, spinach and water spinach
   5. Boil water in a pan, put cabbage in boiling water until cooked, strain
   6. Use strained boiling water, boil spinach and water spinach, one after another, strain
   7. Blanche bean sprout for about 30 seconds, strain
   8. Peel chayote, wash, slice, and boil until tender
   9. Wash then slice cucumber
  10. Place the salad, sliced potatoes, fried tofu, fried tempeh, and eggs in a large plate, 
either randomly or in layers
  11. Pour the peanut sauce over the salad
  12. Spread deep fried shallots on top and serve with kerupuk.

Notes, tips, and variations

    * Prawn crackers are non-vegetarian. You can substitute them with kerupuk sayur or emping if 
you wish this dish to be completely vegetarian.
    * Put some kecap manis (Malay/Indonesian sweet soy sauce) to taste.
    * You may substitute the peanut sauce recipe for the procedure here.
    * cashew nuts is secret ingredient to make peanut sauce tastes richer.
    * Some cooks like to blanche or steam the cabbage, cauliflower, and carrots rather than serve 
them raw.
    * Use chunky peanut butter as substitute for ground peanuts.
    * Use chili sauce to subsitute fresh or dried chili pepper.

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Recipe ID 64370 (Nov 18, 2007)

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