Gado-gado, Portuguese-Cultured Folk Food

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NUSADAILY.COM-JAKARTA – Gado-gado consisting of boiled vegetables mixed with peanut sauce, also called a typical Indonesian salad, turned out to be a food influenced by Portuguese culture.

Gado-gado food can be enjoyed with rice or rice cake. Folk food can also be eaten when you visit Kampung Tugu, Cilincing, North Jakarta. This village became a settlement of Portuguese descent.

“The Portuguese influenced our culture a lot. Like sponging, doors, shoes, windows, jumble as well as hodgepodge, “said Ira Lathief, founder of Jakarta Creative Tourism, in a virtual tour around Jakarta, quoted Monday, June 29, 2020.

According to Ira, the word “gado-gado” comes from the Portuguese meaning mixed. Initially, the term was used to refer to animal feed consisting of a mixture of leftovers.

“Indonesian cuisine using bean sauce was brought from the Portuguese,” he said.

Gado-gado from Kampung Tugu has a characteristic nut seasoning that is poured over vegetables.

One of Indonesia’s national foods is famous in many circles. According to Aslida Rahardjo, author of the book “Recipes for Indonesian Cuisine on 5 Continents”, gado-gado is one of the favorite dishes of his colleagues who are foreign citizens.

The legendary Nigerian footballer, Augustine Azuka Okocha, also fell in love with the taste of hodgepodge when tasting it last year in Jakarta.

Gado-gado can be made using ingredients in the house. The chefs also interpret in their own style, including 2017 Australian Masterchef winner Diana Chan. (yos)