Gado Gado

I love Indonesian food.  It makes it into my top five list.  I used to make this salad for my kids when they were young as it is a great way to get kids to eat vegetables.  However, it is by no means just for kids.  This a is such a wonderful healthy salad and it serves as a meal.  I will post the dressing tomorrow because it would make this post way too long.

Boil some new potatoes in water with turmeric and salt.  The amount throughout this recipe depends on how many servings you want to make. Boil them until a knife stabs them easily.

Cut cabbage into large chunks and boil it in salted water just until it starts to soften a bit. 

Don't overcook it.  Strain out and set aside.

Throw some green beans into the same hot water and boil for a few minutes, then blanch them in cold water and set aside.

Fry some firm tofu in some olive oil and sesame oil until crisp on each side.  Drain on paper towels.

If you want to add chicken you can.  Gado Gado is often served with shredded chicken.  Gado Gado means 'mix mix' so add what you like.  I shred chicken and mix it with green onions, salt and pepper, cilantro and squeeze lime juice over it.  You can also add some noodles.  I softened some rice noodles to serve with this.

Shred some carrot, slice some cucumbers, quarter limes pick some cilantro and get some mung bean sprouts.  Add tomatoes, radishes and anything else you can think of. This pic shows an almost finished salad.  All I needed to add at this point is the chicken and the dressing. See the first photo at the top for how it looks just before serving.

Add some hard boiled eggs.

Arrange all of the vegetables over some lettuce. Tuck in the tofu, chicken and noodles. Drizzle some of the dressing over the top.  I like to serve it with a small bowl of dressing on the side for dipping.

Squeeze the limes over everything just before serving.

Warning:  This salad with the dressing is addictive.

Dressing recipe tomorrow!


Anonymous said…
this is such a masterpiece , looks like a work of art, delicious too I bet, I'm looking forward to the dressing, I was wondering if you have been to Indonesia, you seem to have traveled a lot,
OMG! This looks like the meal I will live on this summer. I really don't need the chicken.
Patty Woodland said…
The hubby would like this but I have tried tofu in many configurations and I just don't care for it.

Now the best mashed potatoes I ever ate had turmeric and honey in them. Mmmmmm
Never had Indonesian food. WHERE has it been all my life. Gado Gado looks interesting.
Anonymous said…
I've never even tasted Indonesian food so this might be a good salad to start with! But I hope fried tofu tastes more than it usually does :-)

Have a great day!
Guillaume said…
I don't know much about Indonesian food. Nothing at all in fact. But this looks delicious. Too summery for the current temperature here, sadly.
For me, "addictive salad" is a contradiction in terms. Clearly I need to try this salad, don't I?
Nellie said…
What else can one want? This has everything in it! Yum!
gado gado my favourite too....
Anonymous said…
Hi, that looks very delicious.
Here in The Netherlands we eat it warm with spicy peanut sauce and shrip sncks, taugé, beens and rice.
There are a lot of Indonesian people here, because Indonesia used to be a part of The Netherlands and they serve it that way. I love it !!!
Joy said…
Yum! Gado Gado was one of the recipes I learned at the cooking class in Bali last year! Our teacher fried tempeh instead of the tofu with the peanuty dressing and it was fabulous! Who knew!