Gado Gado

This recipe will serve 2

Salad ingredients:

Few snake beans or French beans, boiled and cut into small pieces.

Handful of finely sliced cabbage (optional, this is in most recipes but I don’t like it)

Few stalks of water spinach (kangkong) trimmed of tough stalks, blanched then cut into 3 - 4 cm long

Handful of beansprouts, use raw or blanch for few seconds

Handful of fresh or canned pineapple, cut into chunks

1 square of Chinese tofu, cut into chunks and shallow fried till all sides are brown.

1 small piece of cucumber, cut into pieces

Few slices of red onion, loosen (optional)

Handful of cooked potato, sliced or in small chunks

** if you have some tempeh, you can fry and cut into small pieces.

1 – 2 hard boiled egg. Cut into slices or quartered

Sauce: About ½ - ¾ cup of Sambal Kachang or peanut sauce (see recipe)


Few shallots, sliced and deep fried till brown and crispy or you can use bought crispy onion (optional)

Some ground or crushed roasted peanuts

Few keropok (malay prawn crackers) , crushed. If not available can use chinese prawn crackers


- Mix or layer salad ingredients

- Pour over sambal kachang

- Sprinkle on ground peanuts and crushed prawn crackers

For vegetarian version, leave out the egg and prawn crackers. For the peanut sauce leave out shrimp paste just use a bit of veggie stock powder and more soy sauce.