Gado gado is an Indonesian salad with peanut sauce in which Pak Wahyu makes one of the best ones that not many know about.
His take on the Jakarta food has been so successful and discreet, many say it is a hidden gem in Central Jakarta’s Menteng district.
To this day, the 59-year-old Mister Wahyu continues to make the Indonesian salad himself at his wooden pushcart at Jalan Cilacap.
He has mastered the art of making Betawi style gado gado salad after entering the Jakarta culinary scene when he was just 20 years old.
Although the pushcart is situated by the roadside, Wahyu has been strategic in his choice of location where it is not too hot or humid.
There is enough shade from the trees to shield diners from the sun’s rays. Working on his own, he has a large pestle and mortar which he uses to create his legendary dish.
The Indonesian salad expert makes the peanut sauce from scratch and caters to each diner’s preference on a spiciness level.