Meaning of gado gado in English:

gado gado

Pronunciation /ˌɡadəʊ ˈɡadəʊ/


mass noun
  • (in Indonesian cuisine) a salad of raw and cooked vegetables in a spicy peanut sauce, often served with fried tofu and hard-boiled eggs.

    ‘there's an attractive display of salads, and daily savouries like gado gado and kidney bean and cheese bake’
    • ‘On the other hand, the gado gado was like an indonesian salad.’
    • ‘Among the culinary delights of Indonesia recommended is gado gado, a dish of steamed bean sprouts and other vegetables served with a spicy peanut sauce.’
    • ‘Granted, gado gado (dressing and salad go by the same name) sounds more exotic and exciting, but the adventure of this dish is in tweaking familiar ingredients for a refreshing change.’
    • ‘To start off, you might want to try the gado gado ($7), a classic Indonesian dish, a cold salad made with cabbage, potatoes, tempeh, green beans, tofu, eggs, tomatoes and spinach.’
    • ‘So, we've been indulging in salads, veggie curries, and gado gado, a local dish of blanched veg, covered with peanut sauce and served with a soft boiled egg, and fried tofu or tempeh.’
    • ‘We dined in style on gado gado (mixed vegetables with peanut sauce).’


From Javanese gadho-gadho, probably from nggadho ‘eat without rice’.