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Gado Gado – The Best and Delicious Indonesia’s Vegetarian Food

The best and delicious Indonesia’s Plant-Based dish

Gado Gado The Best and Delicious Indonesia's Plant-Based Dish

Gado gado  is the most famous plant base food in Indonesia beside Pecel rice,Lotek and Karedok

Hello guys, if in the previous article I wrote about Is Indonesia vegan friendly then continued with the best vegetarian restaurants.

So in my article today, I will write about traditional vegetarian food which is very famous in Indonesia, namely Gado Gado

It is a healthy Indonesian food which is very famous besides Pecel rice which is typical of the island of Java

What is Gado Gado?

Gado Gado - The Best and Delicious Indonesia's Plant-Based Dish

It is a food in the form of a mixture of vegetables that are boiled, then sliced, then added with tempeh, tofu and crackers, then drizzled with peanut sauce.

Every city in Indonesia has a kind of food according to its own characteristics

So if you eat it in Jakarta, it might be different when you eat it in Yogyakarta, Surakarta or Bali.

but the principle is the same, namely gado gado is a mixture of vegetables that are boiled and sprinkled with peanut sauce

History of Gado gado

Before we discuss the history of this food, you must know about Indonesian culinary culture

Indonesian cuisine represents one of the richest culinary traditions in the world, and is full of intense flavors.

The richness of the types of cuisine is a reflection of the diversity of Indonesian archipelago culture and traditions.

Almost all Indonesian dishes are rich in spices. Such as candlenuts, chilies, ginger root, galangal, ginger, galangal, turmeric, coconut and palm sugar.

One of the favorites and occupies a special position in the culinary arts is peanut sauce.

This has been around since peanut sauce was introduced from Mexico by Portuguese and Spanish traders in the 16th century.

It is a typical Jakarta food that is sprinkled with peanut sauce. Of course, It contains various kinds of boiled vegetables.

According to history, It was first made by the people of Kampung Tugu in Cilincing, North Jakarta, who were of Portuguese descent.

Gado-gado means mixed in Portuguese.

Ingredients and Preparation

Gado Gado - The Best and Delicious Indonesia's Plant-Based Dish

At the heart of Gado Gado is its vibrant array of fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

While the exact components may vary depending on regional preferences and personal taste, some staples remain consistent across recipes:


Gado gado typically features a colorful assortment of blanched or lightly steamed vegetables, such as cabbage, spinach, bean sprouts, green beans, and carrots.

These vegetables not only add texture and flavor but also contribute essential vitamins and minerals to the dish.


Tofu and tempeh are commonly used to provide a protein-rich element to this food.

These plant-based sources of protein are often marinated and fried to impart a deliciously savory flavor that complements the vegetables and sauce.

Eggs: Hard-boiled eggs are a traditional addition to this food, offering an additional source of protein and a creamy texture to the dish.

Peanut Sauce

The crowning glory of this food is its luscious peanut sauce, known as “bumbu kacang.”

Made from ground roasted peanuts, coconut milk, palm sugar, garlic, chili, and tamarind, this sauce is a harmonious blend of sweet, savory, and spicy flavors.

Health Benefits

Beyond its tantalizing taste, it boasts an array of health benefits, making it a nutritious choice for individuals of all ages

Rich in Nutrients

It is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from its abundance of vegetables. These nutrients support overall health and wellbeing, contributing to a balanced diet.

Plant-Based Protein

With tofu, tempeh, and peanuts as primary sources of protein, it provides a satisfying

and wholesome alternative to meat-based dishes, making it an excellent option for vegetarians and vegans.

Heart-Healthy Fats

The peanut sauce in this food is contains heart-healthy fats from peanuts and coconut milk, which may help lower cholesterol levels

and reduce the risk of heart disease when consumed as part of a balanced diet.

Serving and Enjoyment

It is typically served as a main dish, accompanied by steamed rice or lontong (compressed rice cake).

To enjoy this culinary delight, simply drizzle the peanut sauce over the assorted vegetables, tofu, tempeh, and eggs,

and mix thoroughly to coat each ingredient with the rich, flavorful sauce.

The result is a symphony of textures and tastes that is sure to tantalize the taste buds and leave you craving for more.

Whether enjoyed as a wholesome meal or a satisfying snack, it is embodies the essence of Indonesian cuisine,

celebrating the beauty of fresh, locally sourced ingredients and the art of culinary craftsmanship.

So, the next time you find yourself craving a taste of Indonesia,

why not embark on a culinary adventure with this food? Your taste buds will thank you for it.

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