5 Gado-Gado Choices for Lunch

Although we are spoilt for choice when it comes to what to have for lunch, it is essential to be on limit the amount of food that you eat. A research came to the conclusion that consuming too much carbohydrates and a filled-to- the-brim stomach can contribute to a decrease in work productivity in the afternoon. Surely you would not want to while your time away instead of finishing up your work. One dish that is just ideal for a balanced meal at lunchtime is Gado-Gado (mixed vegetable salad with peanut sauce). Apart from being a healthy green delicacy, its portion is tailor-made for a sufficient tuck-in. Here are five Gado-Gado places that you could try out.

1. Gado-Gado Bonbin

A renowned Gado-Gado shop revered by Jakarta’s culinary enthusiasts, its signature dish is its Gado-Gado Siram (mixed vegetable salad topped with roasted peanut sauce), which is served by soaking the vegetables with its velvety peanut sauce made from skinned roasted peanuts. Also worth having a go at are its Cincau Hitam (black grass jelly) and Cendol (rice flour jelly with coconut milk and syrup).

Jl. Cikini IV, No. 5, Central Jakarta
T: 021 314 1539/392 5404
Open daily from 10am-5pm

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2. Gado-Gado Direksi

The luminaries that have dined here include the likes of Megawati and the late Gus Dur. Due to its popularity amongst directors and higher-ups led to it being saddled with the moniker Gado- Gado Direksi. Its peanut sauce is handmade by its owner and is at once sweet, salty, tangy and spicy.

Jl. Pintu Besar Selatan II, Pancoran Kita (behind Gloria), West Jakarta
T: 021 9253 1495/0812 940 8926
Open daily from 9.30am-4.30pm

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3. Gado-Gado Cemara

With two outlets under its name currently in operation – in Tanah Abang and Setiabudi One – this Gado-Gado place is quite esteemed because it has been existence since 1947. One of its unique traits is the combination of cashew nuts and peanuts in its peanut sauce, which lends a very special flavour to its taste. It serves its Gado-Gado in huge portions here, so one should be enough for your lunch.

Setiabudi One Building, unit A211, Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said, Kav. 62, South Jakarta
T: 021 252 4383
Open daily from 10am-10pm

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4. Gado-Gado Boplo

While most Gado-Gado shops use peanuts for its sauce, Gado-Gado Boplo utilises cashew nuts instead. The vegetables that are served alongside the cashew nut sauce are half-cooked in order to maintain their fibrous texture.

Jl. Panglima Polim IX, No. 124, South Jakarta
T: 021 724 8334
Open daily from 8am-10pm

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5. Gado-Gado Kartika

Gado-gado Kartika

Slightly hidden from plain sight, one would need to have a walkabout around the shoplots in Pondok Indah to find it as it is situated further back from the main road. Besides Gado-Gado, its varied menu also include the likes of Ketoprak (vegetable, vermicelli and tofu salad), Lontong Sayur (rice cakes in vegetable stew with coconut milk), Opor Ayam (chicken in coconut milk stew) and an assortment of icy desserts to cool down your body temperature during a hot afternoon. The sauce here is not too dense, which is good news for your tummy.

Ruko Pondok Indah Plaza 2, Jl. Sekolah Duta V/BA 54, Pondok Pinang, Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta
T: 021 750 1555
Open daily from 8am-5pm

You can read more about this article on The Jakarta Post: Five tasty ‘gado-gado’ lunch joints


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