It sounds like the Malay word “gaduh” meaning fight. When I was little, I imagined the ingredients “fighting” with each other in the dish, to see who gets eaten first. Lol!
This dish has so much texture. Soft, hard, crunchy, all wonderful. Comprises of boiled or blanched vegetables like green beans, potatoes and cabbages, and also raw cucumbers. Then came the fried stuff like fried tofu and fried tempeh (fermented soy bean, my favourite). Also, lontong (rice cakes) are added, and maybe half a hard-boiled egg. Then everything gets swathed and smothered with spicy peanut sauce. Topped with some fish crackers for crunch.
-hazrock, fight, for the right to parrtayyyy