Sunday, January 30, 2011

Gado Gado on Sunday evening

Joining in with Anna's Sunday Night Supper Club (a vegetarian perspective). Great idea, don't you think?

(Only problem is I left cooking the meal a little late so the light wasn't great in my pics)

This is one of my favourite summer meals. It's also a goodie for communal-style eating/'bring a plate' gatherings, and the colour spectrum on your plate is limited only by the range of veggies you have at hand. Oh - and the peanut satay sauce is freaking moreish. This was copied from a book by the Heart Foundation I think (apologies for terrible referencing), and although there are more authentic recipes out there, this one is fast + easy + yummo.

Gado Gado

1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1-2 fresh chillies, minced
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup evaporated milk (or you can use coconut milk for full-fat option)
3/4 cup water or stock

+ couscous
+ veggies of your choice
What I think works well: cucumber, bean shoots, potatoes, red capsicum, carrots, pineapple (yes!), eggs (not a vegetable I know), tofu (as before)

For the sauce:
...heat olive in a saucepan and add garlic and chilli - cook for 1 minute
...stir in peanut butter, sugar, soy sauce and lemon juice - cook for 5 minutes (gets gluggy)
...add evaporated milk and 1/2 water/stock - stir for 4-5 minutes until sauce thickens, constantly dipping in tasting finger to slurp up nutty saucy goodness
...if it becomes a little too thick add the rest of the water/stock

Arrange veggies on platters, whip up some plain couscous (maybe with some coriander leaves thrown on top?) and pour sauce into cute jug.

What do you think? Have you made this meal before? Any super ingredients to add?


  1. Yum, I could just eat that sauce for a meal! I've never had it with cous cous but it looks delish and would be a lot more filling than just having the veg. Thanks for the tip x

  2. Yum! That sounds delicious. I'm quite the tragic in the kitchen, but I'm going to give this a go!

  3. I have never had Gado Gado with cous cous either, but it sounds like a good idea. Have to add this to my list of things to try. Thanks!