I think it is safe to say that gado gado is probably one of the most well-known Indonesian dishes outside of Indonesia 🙂 In Indonesia, it’s not uncommon to hear people use the term “gado gado” in every day conversation. Gado gado means everything mixed together. We speak mainly Mandarin, a little bit of Indonesian Malay, and some Chinese dialect calls Hokkian to our kids. They can mix 4 different language in one sentence. They speak a “gado gado” language if you know what I mean 🙂
Gado gado is absolutely one of my favorite Indonesian dishes. Eating it always brings me close to home. The vegetables you want to use is really up to you. In Indonesia, they usually prepared with cabbage and/or lettuce, boiled potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, sometimes fried-tofu or tempeh and then drizzled in creamy peanut and coconut milk dressing. I made my dressing more “rustic” because I like to be able to still eat some of the peanuts 🙂 Usually the peanuts are not visible anymore. Doubled up on the recipe for the dressing then you can have gado gado again without having to go through all the prep. You can store the extra in refrigerator for up to a week. This is a complete meal of its own !!