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Gado Gado (Indonesia Vegetable Salad)

Gado Gado is a mixed vegetable salad consisting of lightly-steamed vegetables, potatoes and eggs served with mildly-spicy peanut sauce used for dipping. The types of vegetables used can be varied according to preference.

Gado-gado is part of a wide range of Indonesian dressing & salad combinations, along with lotek, pecel and karedok. In many places, to retain authenticity in both the production and flavor, the peanut sauce is made in individual batches, in front of the customers. However, since the dish has gained popularity (because of the increase of Asian-themed restaurants) Gado-gado sauce is now mostly made ahead of time and cooked in bulk, although this is probably more common in Western restaurants rather than in Indonesia. Compared to Western and Indonesian salads, Gado-gado has much more sauce in it. Instead of being used as a light dressing, the vegetables should be well coated in the sauce.