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2 Easy Way to Cook Gado Gado - The easy way to cook Gado Gado, The famous Indonesian salad served with a rich peanut sauce.

easy way to cook gado gado
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  • 1/2 ts Galangal powder (Laos)
  • 1 Fresh hot red or green chile, sliced
  • 1 Clove garlic, sliced
  • 1 tb Dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 ts Salt
  • 1 c Coconut milk
  • 1/2 ts Shrimp sauce
  • 4 tb Natural peanut butter
  • 1 tb Tamarind liquid
  • 1 Square inch lemon peel


  • 1 c String beans in 2-inch pieces
  • 1 c Julienne of carrot
  • 2 c Shredded Napa cabbage
  • 1 c Fresh bean sprouts
  • 1 c Cooked, sliced potatoes
  • 1 c Sliced cucumber


  • 1 Piece tofu, fried brown, cut into nine cubes
  • 1 sl Tomato
  • 2 Hard-cooked eggs, sliced
  • 2 md Onions, sliced, fried until golden


Put all the sauce ingredients except the lemon peel in a blender or food processor and puree. Place in a saucepan with the lemon peel and cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, until thickened and darkened. Set aside and keep warm.

Blanch the beans and carrots for 3 minutes, then run under cold water to stop cooking. Blanch the cabbage and sprouts for a few seconds and run under cold water. Arrange the vegetables in layers on a platter- -cabbage, beans, carrots, potatoes, cucumbers and sprouts on top.

Garnish: Scatter the tofu cubes over the sprouts. Garnish with egg and tomato slices around the edges, then pour the sauce over and sprinkle all with the fried onions.

2. Today we are making Gado Gado. 

easy way to cook gado gado
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If you like Gado gado, stay tune. The Ingredients we are using to make Gado Gado is oh, this is optional, so if you if you like it you can add it if you don't like it you don't have to use it. I'm using bitter melon. but if you don't like the bitter melon, you don't have to use it.

The next ingredient is:

  • Cabbage , Belacan ( Shrimp paste )
  • Tamarind Paste
  • Fried Shallots
  • Lime Juice
  • Peanuts, I'm going to fry this later
  • Cucumber
  • Bean Sprouts , Garlic
  • Carrot, Palm Sugar
  • Chilli
  • Tofu
  • Eggs
  • Tempeh
  • Potatoes
  • and lastly, water spinach
This is the ingredients I'm using to make this Gado Gado. If you have these Ingredients at home you can use it, but if you don't have all these ingredients at home its okay , use whatever you have. you also can modify or you can also add more ingredients to this recipe

Okay, now lets start chopping all the ingredients

  1. We peel the potato skin then slice it into whatever size and shape you desire. you can cut it into small bite size portion or or you can chop it into big portion, cut it into whatever size and shape you desire.
  2. Slice your carrot into whatever size and shape you desire. Slice your long beans/string beans into whatever size and shape you desire. And Slice cucumber. Then set it aside, for now.
  3. Slice your bitter melon into whatever size and shape you desire. Slice your cabbage then we steam all the ingredients ( Potatoes, cabbage, bitter melon, long beans, carrots) that we chopped earlier. 
  4. And add some chilies and Eggs too to the steamer. Or if you want to boil it instead of steam it you can do it too, is up to you.
  5. Then we moving on to the next step is chopping the water spinach and then blanching it. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add the spinach stems first and then push the leaves down to submerge them in the water. Blanch until the stems are no longer rigid (about 40 seconds).
  6. Then for beansprouts, just pour boiling water into bowl of beansprout and leave it, you can cover the bowl with plates if you like. Lets move on to our next ingredients which is tempeh and tofu which we're about to fry.
  7. Slice your tofu and tempeh into whatever size and shape you desire. Then fry tempeh and tofu until golden brown. The fry the peanuts until the peanuts turn light golden inside. After all the ingredients that we steamed or boiled earlier all are done.
  8. Arrange all the steamed/boiled ingredients in the serving tray with fried tofu and tempeh and cucumber slices and eggs.

Now, lets make the peanut sauce

The ingredients we need to make peanut sauce are :
  • Belacan/ fermented shrimp paste and Palm sugar
  • Kaempferia galanga (optional ) you can add it or leave if you dont like the strong taste of it
  • Lime juice
  • Salt
  • Tamarind paste
  • Garlic
  • Chilies that we steamed or boiled earlier. you can reduce or add more chili as you desire
I love spicy food, that's why i'm using a lot of chilies then our next ingredient is peanuts that we fried earlier soy sauce.

This is the ingredients to make peanut sauce

  • Add garlic
  • shrimp paste
  • lime juice
  • palm sugar
  • chilies
  • kencur
  • salt
  • tamarind paste
  • and fried peanuts
Then blend until smooth. You can use pestle mortar or you can use blender, whichever makes it easier for you. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in frying pan, then put the peanut sauce and add 1 glass of water and stir the sauce thoroughly, we cook the sauce so it last longer more than 1 day.

Taste the sauce, see if you need more salt or sugar, add soy sauce and stir it thoroughly, pour the peanut sauce in a serving bowl.

Gado-gado is now complete , we can start serving it now. Serving suggestion is however you desire, how much you want to put in your plate or what you want to put first, is all up to you.

To serve gado gado, in a plate put bean spouts, bitter melon, cucumber, carrots, potatoes, fried tofu, fried tempeh, water spinach, string beans, chopped eggs then drizzle peanut sauce all over. And then sprinkle some fried shallots and then add some prawn crackers. Yummy, its gonna be so delicious, gado gado is now ready to be served.

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