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Gado Gado

Gado Gado

One of my most memorable meals with at the old Logan Beach Club, which became Café Lula, a perennially trendy dining spot, not long after. What made that meal so special was their weekly (or was it monthly?) Indonesian Night; it was the first time I’d ever had peanut butter in such a savory and memorable way. Ever since, I have been a major fan of how the childhood sandwich spread takes on such a rich and unusual dimension when paired with veggies as well as spicy, salty and sour seasonings. Feel free to use the veggies you like or have available, but a mixture of steamed and raw produce is classic for gado-gado, along with a meatless protein. I used tempeh, because that was in my first bowl of gado-gado, but tofu, seitan or - while less traditional - chickpeas would work just as well.

I will admit, this is a labor intensive dish, though it is easy to make. It will take a bit of time. I like to steam the veggies separately because different ones have different cooking times. The mixture of crunchy, steamed textures and a variety of flavors plus a creamy, flavorful and rich sauce is just heaven as far as I’m concerned.
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Gado Gado

This was what I used: again, feel free to use the veggies you like)

Persian or Kirby cucumbers, sliced
Mung bean sprouts
Red cabbage, steamed or raw
Carrots, steamed
Potatoes, steamed or boiled
Tempeh, sauteed
(I sauteed with a touch of coconut oil, tamari and rice wine vinegar)
Broccoli, steamed

Peanut Sauce

1 ˝ cups roasted, unsalted peanuts
1 cup full-fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon tamarind paste
1 tablespoon low-sodium tamari
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced

Optional: thinly sliced bird’s eye chilis, coriander and additional lime wedges on the side

In a large saute pan, cook the peanuts over a medium heat for about six minutes. Transfer to a food processor and pulse until the peanuts are ground. Transfer to a blender and combine with the other sauce ingredients, blending until smooth. It will be thick. If it’s too thick, add a bit more coconut milk.

Meanwhile, steam your other cooked veggies and gather it all in smaller bowls, along with the raw veggies. In one large, wide bowl or in individual serving bowls, lay stripes of veggies in vertical lines, and drizzle peanut sauce over the top. (We used a frosting dispenser for this!) Sprinkle any optional extras, like chili slices and coriander, over the top. If in a large bowl, toss and serve. If in individual bowls, serve and allow diners to mix themselves but make sure the bowls have enough room for this. In other words, you may want to go a little bigger so there is room for mixing.

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