If you ever tire of grilled meats and sate when you’re travelling around Indonesia, then fear not, as a sumptuous vegetarian dish known as Gado-Gado exists!
Gado-gado is an Indonesian salad of steamed vegetables and hard-boiled eggs served with a peanut sauce dressing. I tried eating Gado-Gado many times during my travel across Indonesia, especially in Java, and always found it to be a nice vegetarian meal, which was surprisingly fulsome considering its lightweight appearance. The addition of prawn crackers is an added bonus!
Gado-gado literary means “mix-mix” and is thought to have originally been a Sundanese dish. It is widely available from warungs and restaurants in Indonesia. Though it is customarily called a salad, the peanut sauce is a larger component of gado-gado than is usual in Western-style salads’ dressing, in the sense that the vegetables should be well coated with it!
I saw so many places selling gado-gado across Indonesia, you really were spoilt for choice. While I am not a big fan of salads like this (and I don’t really like peanut butter), I couldn’t get enough of gado-gado; I think I just enjoyed eating what is known as one of Indonesia’s favourite dishes. It is sold in warungs and in larger restaurants and usually very cheap to buy.