Yield: 1 servings
|1 \N||Package firm (Chinese-style) tofu|
|1 teaspoon||Kecap manis|
|\N \N||Oil, for deep frying|
|6 cups||Vegetables *|
|1 tablespoon||Minced garlic|
|2 tablespoons||Minced shallot|
|1 tablespoon||Minced fresh galangal or|
|1 teaspoon||Ground galangal|
|1 teaspoon||Dried shrimp paste|
|½ teaspoon||Ground dried chile or|
|¼ teaspoon||Sambal ulek|
|\N \N||Hard-cooked eggs, for garnish|
|\N \N||Fried Onion Flakes for garnish|
|½ cup||Raw peanuts|
|1 teaspoon||Brown or palm sugar|
|1 cup||Thin coconut milk **|
|\N \N||Salt, to taste|
|\N \N||Juice of 1/2 lime, to taste|
* (a variety of the following): cabbage, in 1-inch squares; bean sprouts; carrots, sliced or julienned; green beans, in 2-inch pieces; potatoes or sweet potatoes in large dice; sliced cucumbers; watercress sprigs; tomato wedges.
** (The thin stuff from the bottom of a can of coconut milk. SC) This is from a new cookbook I just got. Haven't tried this recipe yet, but it looks dead on.
This is a rather free-form salad of lightly cooked vegetables; the exact contents depend on what is available. What makes it gado-gado is the dressing, a creamy peanut sauce.
1. Remove tofu from package and drain. Place on a plate lined with cloth or paper towels, top with another layer of towel and an inverted plate, and place a weight of a pound or more on top. Let stand for 30 minutes, unwrap, and discard liquid. Cut tofu into bite-sized squares or triangles and sprinkle with kecap manis. Fry in 350F oil until golden brown and puffy; transfer to paper towels to drain. Reserve oil to cook peanuts.
2. One at a time, blanch vegetables in lightly salted water, rinsing them in cold water to stop cooking as soon as they reach the desired degree of doneness. Cabbage and bean sprouts require only a few seconds; carrots, green beans, and potatoes may take several minutes depending on size and tenderness. Do not blanch cucumbers, watercress, and tomatoes. use them raw.
3. Place Gado-Gado Sauce in a small bowl in the center of a large platter. Arrange vegetables on platter around sauce. Garnish with wedges or slices of hard-cooked egg and fried onion flakes. To serve, spoon some sauce onto each plate and dip vegetables into sauce. Serves 4 to 6 with other dishes.
1. To prepare sauce in a mortar: Pound garlic, shallot, galangal, shrimp paste, and chile to a paste. To prepare sauce in a blender: Chop together in a 1-cup jar.
2. In a wok or deep skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until a peanut sizzles on contact. Fry peanuts until lightly browned; transfer to paper towels to drain. When peanuts have cooled, grind in a mortar or food processor to a coarse, grainy paste, adding a little oil if necessary to facilitate blending. (May be made up to a week ahead and stored covered in refrigerator.) 3. Remove all but 2 tablespoons oil from pan and reserve for another use. Return pan to medium-low heat and add pounded mixture. Cook until quite fragrant, but do not burn. Add peanuts, sugar, and coconut milk and bring to a boil, stirring. Simmer until thick and season to taste with salt and lime juice. Allow to coot to room temperature before serving.
Makes 1 cup.
From the California Culinary Academy's "Southeast Asian Cooking", Jay Harlow, published by the Chevron Chemical Company, 1987. ISBN 0-89721-098-0.
Posted by Stephen Ceideberg; May 31 1993.