Hawker Style Gado Gado with Lentil Sprouts

In celebration of the International Year of Pulses, Simon Bryant (celebrity chef) has kindly provided us with some inspiration on how to cook with lentils.

Heat a wok over medium heat with 2 cups of oil till it shimmers, then deep fry 400 g of bite-sized chunks of tofu until till deep golden. Ditch onto some paper towel. Toss a handful of peanuts into the wok until golden then drain on towel and lightly salt.

Grab a stack of your favourite vegies e.g. Chinese cabbage, cucumber and iceberg lettuce sliced fine; heirloom carrots in fancy colours made into matchsticks; spring onion greens into finger length batons.

Get some chilli peanut sauce happening by putting a tablespoon of rice vinegar in a small bowl with 2 large finely chopped dried red chillies, seeds and all (from Asian grocers; they look like dried cockroaches!). Leave for 15 mins. Heat a tablespoon of oil and sauté a crushed clove of garlic till soft, add chilli and vinegar and fry for a few seconds.

Chuck in half a cup of crushed, roasted peanuts, light soy and kecap manis (a tablespoon of each);a teaspoon of palm sugar and a cup of coconut cream. Simmer for 15 mins, stirring till the sauce thickens.

Whip up a soft boiled egg…you know how to do that bit.

Get a handful of bean sprouts and, drum roll….. red nugget lentil sprouts (now this bit needs to be sorted earlier so take a squiz at our tricks on how-to.) Toss the sprouts and vegies into a bowl; drizzle with peanut sauce; lay the egg on top; throw on a few roasted peanuts and a squeeze of lemon.

This recipe was kindly provided by Simon Bryant and the image is by Jacqui Way Photography.

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