Vegetarians in Indonesia are surely already familiar with gado-gado, a mixture of vegetables, tofu, tempeh, eggs and lontong (rice wrapped in a banana leaf), served with a spicy and slightly sweet peanut sauce as the topping. Often dubbed the Indonesian salad, gado-gado perfectly combines a sweet, spicy and savory taste, and of course, it is healthy. All the ingredients are lightly boiled, including vegetables such as cabbage, long beans, mustard and bean sprouts, except for the tempeh and tofu, which is fried.
Gado-gado is widely sold in almost every part of Indonesia, with each area having its own modifications. The key to a delicious gado-gado is the sauce made of savory peanuts, sweet palm sugar and the slightly sour but refreshing squeeze of lime. The peanut sauce is made of fried crushed peanuts mixed with garlic, chilies, salt, palm sugar and water, with a few added drops of lime and tamarind water. The mixture is cooked together until it reaches the perfect viscosity.
Pour the sauce over the vegetable, tofu, tempeh and sliced boiled egg, and add fried onion and crackers to make it even more delicious. One of the warung (food stall) that serves gado-gado is Ayu Minantri. It is very easy to find as it is located on the left side of the one-way street of Jl. Tjok Agung Tresna in Renon, Denpasar. The warung is named after its owner, who started out in the food business selling meatball soup. The warung always welcomes a lot of customers all day long, some of whom prefer to take away their healthy meal rather than to dine in. A portion of gado-gado sold for Rp 10,000 (84 US cents) will be filling enough. There are also some other dishes here worth tasting.
source : bali daily