Adapted from “The Barrio Vegetarian” Peace Corps Philippines. We were there 1989-1990 and we still make this, especially in the late fall when our CSA shares are bountiful. Gado-gado is a dipping sauce served with a platter of vegetables, tofu and hard-boiled eggs.
1 onion finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, pressed
1 chili pepper minced
oil for sauteing
1/2 to one cup boiling water
1 c chunky peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon honey or sugar
1 lime, juiced – the original recipe calls for 3 kalamansi, a tiny green citrus fruit
1 teaspoon grated ginger
salt to taste
1/2 coconut milk (evaporated milk in the original)
SERVE WITH –
according to the original recipe:
green beans, blanched or raw
hard-boiled eggs, prepared in advance
tofu, cubed and sauted in advance
different colored sliced peppers
Prepare vegetable platter ahead of time and sprinkle lemon or lime juice over the veggies. Have the hard-boiled eggs peeled, leave them whole or cut them in half. Saute the tofu until browned.
Saute the onion and garlic in oil in a wok until soft, add peppers and cook a little more. Add the peanut butter to the pan and then gradually stir in the boiling water, whisking until smooth. Add all the other ingredients except coconut or evaporated milk and cook over low heat for another 10 minutes. Stir in the milk and simmer for a few more minutes. Pour into a serving dish and serve.