Okay guys, for the first post from my food category, i will try to show you about Gado – Gado. Gado-gado (in Indonesian or Betawi language), also known as Lotek (in Sundanese and Javanese) is an Indonesian dish or Indonesian salad consisting of boiled vegetables served with a peanut sauce dressing. It is differed from lotek atah or karedok for its fresh and raw version of the vegetable covered with peanut sauce. Another similar dish is Javanese pecel. It is thought to have originally been a Sundanese dish. It is widely served from stalls (warung) as well as in restaurants and hotels both in Indonesia and worldwide (maybe). And i ever ate this Gado – Gado Pacar Keling from Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
Gado-gado is part of a wide range of Indonesian dressing and salad combinations, along with lotek, pecel and karedok. In many places, to retain authenticity in both the production and flavor, the peanut sauce is made in individual batches per order, in front of the customers to suit customers’ personal preference on the degree of spiciness (the amount of chili pepper). However, since the dish has gained popularity (because of the increase of Asian-themed restaurants) Gado-gado sauce is now mostly made ahead of time and cooked in bulk, although this is probably more common in Western restaurants rather than in Indonesia. Compared to Western and Indonesian salads, Gado-gado has much more sauce in it. Instead of being used as a light dressing, the vegetables should be well coated in the sauce. Many stores now offer Gado-Gado dressing in dried blocks to which simply require to add hot water, making it easier and cheaper to cook at home.
Okay lets see about the ingredients.
A traditional Indonesian way of making gado-gado. The exact composition of the vegetable salad varies, but usually comprises a mixture of some of the following:
- blanched – shredded, chopped, or sliced green vegetables (such as cabbage, kangkung, spinach), bean sprouts, string bean, bitter melon, tomatoes;
- uncooked – sliced cucumber and lettuce
- fried tofu and tempe
- sliced boiled potatoes
- peeled and sliced boiled eggs.
Peanut sauce dressing
Gado-gado stall displaying ingredients of the dish. What distinguishes gado-gado from a plain vegetable salad is the peanut sauce dressing, which is poured on top of the vegetable salad before serving. The composition of this peanut sauce varies as well. While traditionally homemade, there are now many commercial versions widely available these days. The common primary ingredients of the peanut sauce are as follows:
- ground fried peanuts (kidney beans may be substituted for a richer taste)
- coconut sugar/palm sugar (can substitute brown sugar)
- chillies (according to taste)
- lime leaves
- terasi (dried shrimp paste)
- tamarind water
- water to dilute
Gado-gado is always served with krupuk, or also with emping ( Indonesian style fried crackers, which are made from melinjo). In Indonesia, Gado-gado is usually served with rice or lontong (rice cake wrapped in banana leaf) and fried onions.
If you are going to Surabaya, you can try this Gado – Gado in Jl. Pacar Keling No. 9B, Tambaksari, only 8.000 rupiahs.