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This classic dish is one of Indonesia's five national dishes and is considered one of the healthiest meals in the region - it's served almost everywhere, eaten as a warm salad or with steamed rice served on the side. The word 'Gado', however, means 'to consume something without rice' - our top-of-the-line variant is served without rice, substituting crispy melinjo crackers.

The dish itself is complex, but every component serves a valuable purpose. An authentic mix of Indonesian steamed vegetables is paired with a sliced hard-boiled egg and peanut sauce, combining a variety of tastes with savory scents sure to get your stomach growling Crunchy red shallots and the aforementioned melinjo crackers serve to provide a textural range. These crackers, which serve as a key variation for this dish, are made from the seeds of the common Indonesian plant Gnetum gnemon.

As any Indonesian gourmand knows, the key to a pristine Gado-Gado is in the peanut sauce. This sauce is a careful blend of fried savory peanuts, garlic, salt, chilies, palm sugar, tamarind and lime juice, often with varying amounts of chili powder for a customer's requested level of spiciness. We've elevated our peanut sauce to the next level with the addition of walnuts to lend a purely authentic Indonesian flavor.

Often eaten with the hands or with chopsticks, Gado-Gado presents the full range of sensory experiences - the fragrant scent of the peanut sauce combined with the multitude of colors present on the plate is just the beginning as you experience each individual component's unique flavor.

When exactly Gado-Gado was invented is unclear, but it's believed that it was one of the first dishes improvised from trade with the Spanish, bringing chilies and peanuts to Asia in the 1500s. It's since become one of the most beloved meals in the region, and at Hibiscus, you'll see why.

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