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Gado Gado

Gado Gado! The platter dish. The dish as finger food, or appetizer or starter (Rice Vadai, Chinese Prawn Fritters, Grilled Chicken Wings, Fried Shrimp Wantons & Bonda). Actually Gado Gado can even be your main course. Perhaps? If you don't want a heavy meal or a complete Gado Gado like this one, trust me, can fill you up as well. What can expect in Gado Gado? Tofu, potatoes, tempeh/fermented soy and fresh raw vegetables. My this, Nava K's version is a vegetarian and grilled version instead of frying the items. Of course, you can, go ahead, include fried seafood, poultry, meat or whatever whichever.   

For The Sauce
1 inch lengkuas/galangal
1 serai/lemongrass
1 handful of dried red chillies
5 shallots
40g roasted peanuts - crushed 
3 tbsp assam/tamarind juice 
4 tbsp oil + 2 tbsp oil
Brown sugar and salt as per taste

To Serve With (as needed) 
Boiled potatoes
Tempeh/fermented soy cakes 
Fried brown taufu
** lightly dust these ingredients with salt
Boiled eggs 
Cucumber - sliced
Salad leaves - break into smaller pieces
Lemon wedges (optional)
Blend/ground galangal, lemongrass, dried chillies, shallots and shrimp paste for a thick-smooth paste. 
Heat 4 tbsp of oil and when heated, add the paste.
Fry until aromatic and oil splits. .
Pour in tamarind juice, add  cashew nuts, sugar and salt.
(Note; if the sauce is too thick, pour some water) 
Stir and remove from heat.
As for the other ingredients; grill (I grilled over the the portable grill) eggs, potatoes, tempeh and taufu on both sides. Then slice into bite sizes.
Arrange all of them with the cucumber and salad leaves on a plate and serve with the dipping sauce.
Optional: serve with lemon wedges.


  1. I love gado gado! Thanks for sharing your version...makes me feel like being in SE Asia!

  2. Looks great. I could eat this for dinner. Yum!

  3. What a lovely appetizer! Thanks for the introduction to a new dish~

  4. looks like what we call pica-pica in philippines.

  5. Nava - this is a great party/dipping dish. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Nice shot! My mom loves gado gado & this looks so yummy!

  7. delicious...the kuah must have enough kacang

  8. thank you so much for all the wonderful sharing and comments everyone, appreciate it sincerely.

  9. Great idea for the sauce,I never use cashew nut for gado-gado,,,,and these tofu looks perfectly cook.

  10. This is a great appetizer or even side dish, that dipping sauce is just so delicious

  11. Oh wow all looks delicious sweetie1
    Now I´m following you in bloglovin´#30 and GFC #665
    I hope your follow me back in both!

  12. hi nav...loved the platter....very new to me this gado gado...i always agree makeing veg is more difficult. this looks gud

  13. You are right and no need to assume. It's from Jakarta, Indonesia.

  14. Looks yum, you have made it perfectly.

  15. The name sounds interesting, just as the dish :)

  16. Yummy platter ,it has everything!! Interesting :)

  17. Delicious perfect to serve to guests


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