(Mum drove us everywhere and came to every other school event but I only remember Dad's solo visit. Poor Mum.)
Gado Gado is a traditional Indonesian dish of vegetables served with a peanut sauce. The only downside to peanut sauces are that they are quite high in fat but they are goddamn tasty so I'm happy to treat myself now and then. And considering the amount of vegetables you eat with this dish it's not too bad of a balance.
The things that makes this dish is the sauce so as long as you have that you can change the vegetables to whatever you have in the cupboard. However, I've included a recipe for a vegetable mixture because I loved the crunchy texture of it.
The only odd ingredient in this mix is the galangal. I've not seen it in the UK or in Australia fresh but we found a jar of galangal at Tesco and I just use that. It's popped up in a few recipes so it's handy to have. I imagine it would be easy to come across in Chinatown in Australia or maybe even just the supermarket.
adapted from Vegetarian: the best-ever recipe collection
250g white cabbage, shredded
4 carrots, matchsticked
4 celery sticks, matchsticked
4 cups/250g beansprouts
1/2 cucumber, matchsticked
3 tbsp peanut oil
1/2 brown onion, cut into rings
salted peanuts, to garnish
chilli, sliced to garnish
1 tbsp peanut oil
1/2 brown onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tbsp minced galangal
1/4 tsp ground chilli powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp lime juice
4 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
1 tsp soft light brown sugar
To cook the vegetables heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion rings and set aside on a paper towel to cool. Steam the cabbage, carrot and celery for 3-4 minutes (you want them tender but still with some crunch). Spread beansprouts on a plate and place steamed vegies and cucumber on top.
To make the sauce heat the oil in a saucepan and add onion and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes until soft. Stir in spices (including galangal) and cook for 1 min further. Add lime juice, peanut butter and sugar and mix well. Heat sauce gently, stirring occasionally and adding a little hot water if necessary to make the sauce runny enough to be poured but still thick.
Spoon some of the sauce over the vegetables, toss lightly and garnish with fried onion, peanuts and chilli with the extra sauce on the side.