Gado-gado is one of the well-known dishes from Indonesia. Gado-gado
literally means “mix mix” since gado-gado is the plural word of gado,
so gado-gado means mixes. In Indonesia, gado-gado is not a salad dish
group, it is a one dish meal…(get Gado-gado recipe after the jump)
about gado-gado in Indonesia, several different numbers of gado-gado
were developed based on the region. I was born and grew up in East Java
province and I left the province for my school to West Java province…
this experience had brought me to taste different styles of gado-gado.
In East Java (around Surabaya), we call it Gado-gado Siram or Gado-gado
Surabaya. Siram means pour as we order the food, the seller will place
the ingredients (lontong, blanched vegetables, steamed potatoes, boiled
eggs, tempe, tofu, etc.) on a plate and then pre-made gado-gado sauce
is poured over, garnish with fried shallots and top with crackers
(melinjo nuts and shrimp crackers). While in West Java (around Bandung
and Bogor), the sellers will combine ground peanuts and spices, grind
them in a mortar and pestle, add the cooked vegetables, mix them
together, and transfer into a plate.
Another style of gado-gado
that I relish is gado-gado boplo from Jakarta. Boplo is an area in
Jakarta where this style of gado-gado can be found. What is the
difference between gado-gado siram and boplo? Gado-gado siram uses
peanuts while Gado-gado Boplo uses cashew nuts.
Gado-gado has carbohydrate supply from lontong and potatoes. Tempeh,
tofu and eggs are the protein sources. Last but not least, the
vegetables. Gado-gado can be made for pescetarianisms or pesco
vegetarianisms who still consume fish and seafood; it can also be
consumed by lacto-ovo vegetarians who include eggs and dairy products
in their diet. Also, you can go for vegan by omitting dried shrimp
paste (Indonesian: terasi/trassi, Malay: belachan/belacan) in gado-gado
sauce and shrimp cracker, and skipping the egg. By leaving out the
shrimp crackers, gado-gado is totally safe for people with celiac
disease that can’t have any wheat in their diet.
In this post, I
contribute an authentic recipe of Gado-gado Surabaya or Gado-gado
siram, it might be pretty intimidating with the long list of
ingredients, but it will be worth it.