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Malay Mixed Salad     Veg  HT  ACC  Malaysian  25mins

Malaysian Name: Gado Gado

Serves 4-6     Hot  Vegetarian  Vegetables  Nuts  Accompaniment  Salads  Dairy Free   Malaysia  Asia Asian


NB This dish is also eaten widely in Indonesia and can be made with any mixture of fresh vegetables. To make a more substantial dish, fried tofu can be included.

For the sauce
1 tbsp Oil
3 shallots, chopped
3 Red Chillies, chopped
1 tbsp Palm or Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Tamarind Paste
240ml/8fl.oz. Water
1 teasp Soy Sauce
1 teasp Salt
125g/5oz Skinned Roasted Peanuts

Other ingredients
100g/4oz French Beans, halved width ways
100g/4oz Bean Sprouts
100g/4oz Cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, cut into thin 7.5cm/3-inch long batons
For the garnish
2 hard-boiled Eggs, quartered
1 Boiled Potato, sliced
Cucumber, thinly sliced
1 tbsp crisp-fried Onions


1. Heat the oil in a saucepan add the shallot and chillies and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon.

2. Transfer the chilli mixture to a food processor together with the peanuts and process until smooth.

3. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan together with the tamarind paste and water, bring to the boil and cook over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes until it thickens.

4. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil then, in turn, blanch the beans (3 minutes), cabbage (3 minutes) Carrots (3 minutes) and bean sprouts (2 minutes).

5. To serve - arrange the potato slices, eggs and cucumber slices around the edges of a large serving platter then place the drained cooked vegetables in the centre, keeping them separate. Pour over the hot peanut sauce and sprinkle with the crispy fried onion.

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Key techniques

Chop to To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.

Blend -  To mix together ingredients, usually of different consistencies, to a smooth and even texture, utilising a utensil such as a wooden spoon or blender.

Make ahead

Chill until ready to serve


Tips, Options and Substitutions


Main equipment required to make this Recipe


Chopping Knife

Chopping Board

Wooden or Plastic Spoon


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