Gado Gado With a Twist
I first came across this recipe in Mollie Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbook in 1995. I have since adapted her version to include a choice of chicken, or seafood and I use an almond sauce instead of a peanut sauce. I love to serve this meal when I have guests coming over with many different diets because you build your own version whether it is vegetarian, gluten-free or with everything. It’s inspired from the Indonesian dish. It takes a bit of preparation and organizing but it’s really quite simple.
4cups cooked rice with salt, turmeric and butter
1cup each of variety of vegetables (see instructions)
1pound of shrimp, white fish of chicken
1/2cup each of condiments(see instructions)
In the morning start soaking 2 cups of rice in 31/2 cups of water. After soaking 8-12 hours, add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, 1 teaspoon sea salt and 2 tablespoons of butter. Bring to a boil and drop the heat to low and cook about 45 min.
2. Steam any of the following vegetables:
– carrots, thinly sliced
– string beans
– red or green cabbage, shredded
– broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
3. Fry about 1 pound of either shrimp, chicken, or any white fish that has been cut into cubes. I like to use left over chicken/turkey from a roast
4. Slice up about 4 hard boiled eggs. Eggs boiled in water for about 18 to 20 minutes.
5. Make the almond sauce. Can be made a day in advance.
6. Set out the following in small bowls:
– cultured vegetable of your choice
– onions, chopped and fried in butter
– your favorite hot sauce
– shredded unsweetened shredded coconut
– fresh pineapple, chopped into small pieces
– small wedges of lime
-salted roasted nuts, chopped (I like cashews)
I usually put out all the following ingredients and then let people help themselves. I suggest the following:
1. Place the rice in a circle on the plate.
2. Add your choice of steamed vegetables.
3. Top with a choice of chicken, fish, shrimps or nothing if you are vegetarian.
4. Next add a few slices of egg.
5. Spoon the almond sauce on top.
6. Sprinkle the ginger, fried onions, hot sauce, coconut, pineapple, cultured vegetable, nuts and a squeeze of lime.