Gado gado is a famous dish that is a meal in itself. It has protein from the tofu, carbohydrates from the potatoes and loads of fiber from the green vegetables. It has many variants depending on the region. You may add some sliced hard boiled eggs, bean sprouts and even fresh vegetables like lettuce, tomato and cucumbers. Gado gado is normally eaten with rice, but Â I enjoy it as it is; although I must admit that I like it with less or no chili.
3 large potatoes, peeled and sliced into thick strips
3 medium sized carrots, peeled and sliced into thick strips
200g green beans, trimmed
1 bunch broccoli, roughly chopped
1/4 cabbage, roughly chopped
200g firm tofu, cut into thick strips or cubes
For the peanut sauce:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small brown onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 small red chili, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup light coconut milk
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Preheat the oven at 150F and slightly grease a baking dish with oil. Put the sliced tofu in a baking dish and bake it for 10-15 minutes or until it is browned. You may fry it if desired.
While baking the tofu, prepare the peanut sauce. Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. SautÃ© the garlic, onions and chili for 2-3 minutes or until the onions become translucent. Add the peanut butter, coconut milk and soy sauce. Cook it for another 3 minutes over low heat or until it bubbles slightly. Stir occasionally. Let it cool.
Place the carrots and potatoes in a pot half filled with water. Set the heat to high and bring it to a boil. Cook it for 10 minutes or until they are tender. Transfer the cooked vegetables to a colander to drain the excess water and then put them in a platter.
Next add the broccoli and beans to the pot of water. Boil it for 6-8 minutes or until it is bright green, cooked but still crunchy. Put the cooked beans and broccoli in the colander in a colander before transferring it to a plate. Do the same for the cabbage but cook it for a minute or two. Rinse the green vegetables in cold water. Drain and set aside.
Plate the carrots, potatoes, broccoli, green beans, cabbage and tofu on a serving platter.Â Pour the peanut sauce over the vegetables and tofu.
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