Gado Gado Salad - Indonesian
You'll often find this dish served in Indonesian restaurants.
3 hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
3/4 cup cabbage, shredded
3/4 cup green beans, sliced
3/4 cup carrots, sliced
3/4 cup cauliflower, chopped
1/2 cup mung bean sprouts
1/3 cup snow peas
1/2 cucumber, sliced
2 red potatoes, cut into wedges
3/4 to 1 cup coconut milk (depending on whether you want a thicker or thinner sauce)
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1 teaspoon red curry paste or chile paste (or Tabasco sauce)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons fish sauce (or substitute 1 tablespoon soy sauce)
Wash all the vegetables. Ideally, with the exception of the eggs and cucumber, all of the salad ingredients should be blanched or boiled in a large pot of boiling water.
However, if you are pressed for time you can serve them raw with the exception of the potato, which has to be boiled. To blanch: plunge the vegetable briefly in the boiling water, then plunge into cold water.
This leaves the vegetables nicely crisp and neither too firm or limp. Drain all the vegetables.
Arrange the vegetables on a serving platter, starting on the outside of the platter and work inwards, arranging the vegetables in a colorful pattern. Top with the chopped eggs.
To make the dressing: In a small saucepan, bring the coconut milk to a boil. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes, until the peanut butter has melted and the mixture is thickened.
Yield: 6 Servings