Sunday, 26 July 2015

Globecooking recipe : Gado Gado (Indonesia)

Gado gado is a big salad with lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, potatoes and eggs. The only thing that makes it the slightest bit exotic is the sweet peanut sauce that is totally moreish.

This used three ingredients from my Indonesian-themed Kitchen Trotter box : Combava leaves, kecap manis and gado gado mix. (If you want to make your own sauce from scratch, check out Jamie Oliver's recipe here.)

Gado Gado

ingredients :

iceberg lettuce
boiled eggs

for the sauce :
80ml water
2 combava leaves
2 bay leaves
80g gado gado mix
2tbsp kecap manis

Pile the iceberg lettuce leaves on top of each other and cut into fine slices.

Peel the potatoes and boil them for about 10-15 minutes until soft and cooked through. Hard-boil the eggs for 9 minutes.

Finely slice the tomato and cucumber.

This is where the gado gado sauce comes to the fore - the powder has a gorgeous peanut smell.

Put the water in a pan with the bay leaves and combava leaves. Fold them a few times to release the citrus flavour. As soon as it starts to boil, add the gado gado mix and stir. Heat until it's thickened, turn off the heat and stir in the kecap manis.

Pile the lettuce on a plate, scatter over the cucumber, tomatoes and radishes (which I left out because I don't like them). Cut the cooled eggs into wedges and arrange around the plate.

Place a pile of diced cooled potato in the middle and drizzle the gado gado sauce all over the plate.

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  1. Looks a great recipe - will need to give it a try!


  2. This sounds delicious. I'm always on the lookout for unusual salads and I love the sound of this one.

    I have to admit I've not heard of some of those ingredients before so I'll have to hunt them out. Any suggestions where I might find them? I'm guessing not my local Tesco!

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    1. Asian grocery stores or online are probably your best bet - the Jamie Oliver version shows you how to make it from scratch too and I always substitute exotic ingredients that I can't find, such as bay leaves and a suirt of lime juice instead of combava leaves. Kecap manis is thick sweet soy sauce (just use soy sauce and a drizzle of honey instead if you can't find it) :)

  3. Oh gosh I loved this salad when I was travelling in Indonesia. The very thought of it makes my mouth water!!!

  4. I will be trying this salad! I love trying new and different foods (I will try anything once or twice) Thanks for linking on #foodpornthursdays