|Left bowl: peanut sauce. Right place: cooked vegetables.|
Gado-gado is a mixed of cooked vegetables and peanut sauce as dressing. Whatever veggie we want to put in this dish, it is up to us. Whatever side dish we want to have with it, it is also up to us. It is normally either rice or lontong. I prefer this second one which also rice but compressed and wrapped inside banana leaf that is then cut into small cakes.... Whenever we want to eat it, it is up to us: breakfast, brunch, lunch or late lunch. Preferably, I do not eat it for dinner - it is as strange as if I have to eat omelette for dinner.
|Indonesian eats kerupuk in almost every meals. Vietnamese eats kerupuk with salad.|
Because the ingredients are so simple, I made my own gado-gado with the peanut sauce that I brought from Jakarta! Voila this is the “gado-gado made in Vietnam”....!!!
|Gado-gado & pecel seasoning|
Gado-gado is easy to find in almost everywhere in Indonesia. There are many streets in south Jakarta which are famous for its gado-gado: Kartanegara, Sriwijaya, Kartika in Pondok Indah and the one near to where I used to live is in Ciranjang. My mom used to bring an empty lunch box in her car. If she passed this street and the seller was not busy, she stopped and bought gado-gado for us.