Gado-Gado Surabaya Recipe (Gado-Gado Siram)

Gado-gado is one of the well-known dishes from Indonesia. Gado-gado literally means “mix mix” since gado-gado is the plural word of gado, so gado-gado means mixes.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indonesian
Keyword Gado-Gado
Servings 4 people
Calories 602 kcal


  • Blanched/steamed vegetables
  • long green beans, cut into 4-5 cm long
  • Chinese cabbage, shredded
  • Bean sprouts

Fresh Vegetables:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomato, wedged
  • Cucumber, sliced

Other Complements:

  • Boiled/steamed potatoes, sliced
  • Boiled eggs, wedged
  • Fried/baked tempe
  • Fried/baked tofu
  • Lontong, rice cake with log shape, cut into 1 cm thick
  • Ready-to-use fried shallot
  • Melinjo nuts crackers
  • Shrimp crackers

Gado-gado sauce:

  • 10 cloves garlic, stir fried/fried/roasted
  • 300 g roasted/fried peanuts, In this case, I used 1 cup of organic crunchy peanut butter
  • 1000 ml coconut milk
  • 10 red chilies, discard the seed and stir fried/fried
  • 1 teaspoon terasi, dried shrimp paste, toasted
  • 1 block coconut sugar (62.5 grams)
  • 2-3 tablespoons rice flour dissolve in a small amount of water


  • 20 red bird eyes chilies, boiled /steamed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Sea salt, as desired


Gado-Gado Sauce

  1. Process garlic, peanuts/peanut butter, a half part of coconut milk, red chilies, terasi, coconut sugar in a food processor or blender.
  2. In a sauce pot, combine processed mixture with the rest of coconut milk, stir and turn on the stove at low-medium heat. Stir occasionally.
  3. Cook sauce until boiled, the volume reduced and the sauce surface looks a bit oily. Add rice flour mixture. Keep stirring until bubbling about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.


  1. Combine all ingredients and process in a food processor/blender or you can grind them with mortar and pestle.


  1. Place lettuce, slices of lontong and boiled potatoes, blanched vegetables, wedges of boiled egg, slices of fried tempe and tofu, and wedges of tomato, slices of cucumber. Pour the warm sauce over, garnish with fried shallot, crushed shrimp crackers and emping nuts crackers. Put sambal on the side as people has different tastebuds to handle the spiciness. You can omit the sambal if you don't like the spicy sauce.

Recipe Notes

- If the sauce to thick, add a small amount of water.
- Always try the sauce before remove from the heat, so you can add salt or coconut sugar to match your tastebuds.
- Serve gado-gado sauce while it is still warm. Warm up the sauce if it is cold.
- If you still have leftover sauce, keep it in a jar and refrigerate/freeze. You may use for other dipping purposes.

Indonesian Kerupuk and Melinjo Glossary:

Emping Melinjo: Melinjo or padi oats crackers
Lontong: Rice cake with log shape
Kerupuk/krupuk Udang: shrimp crackers
Tempe/Tempeh: Indonesian fermented soy bean cake
Terasi/Trassi: dried shrimp paste

Nutrition Facts
Gado-Gado Surabaya Recipe (Gado-Gado Siram)
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 602 Calories from Fat 819
% Daily Value*
Fat 91g140%
Saturated Fat 53g331%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 105mg5%
Potassium 1551mg44%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 1250IU25%
Vitamin C 202.9mg246%
Calcium 162mg16%
Iron 12.7mg71%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.