Pork-and-blood-sausage corn dogs and Dungeness crab fried rice will hit tables at the Indonesian-Chinese restaurant opening in Northeast Portland this spring. Gado Gado owners Thomas Pisha-Duffly and Mariah Pisha-Duffly have released the white-hot menus for their upcoming restaurant, which is the wildly popular pop-up’s permanent location.
Early this year, the Pisha-Dufflys dropped the news that they’d open Gado Gado in the Hollywood District this May. The restaurant would pull from Thomas Pisha-Duffly’s childhood in his half-Chinese mother’s kitchen (she grew up in Indonesia), as well as his years cooking throughout New England — the chef spent time at the celebrated Boston restaurant Sportello as well as Maine’s Southeast-Asian mainstay The Honey Paw.
Today, the couple released the incoming restaurant’s menu, which delivers many of the promised noodle dishes, Indonesian mainstays, and playful one-offs. The menu starts with small-ish snacks and salads, including that pork-and-blood sausage corn dog; the dish arrives with pickled chili, sweet soy, and “hoisinaise.” On the lighter end of things, the restaurant will also offer a banana-leaf-smoked duck salad with citrus, lime leaf, and basil.
The restaurant will serve a long list of rice and noodle dishes, including a take on the Indonesian fried rice nasi goreng with house Chinese sausage and Dungeness crab — the Pisha-Dufflys also offer an upgrade, adding an omelet with uni butter and American cheese. This section of the menu also has other go-to Indonesian dishes: the spiced beef stew rendang, a noodle soup with bakso (Indonesian beef meatballs), and stir-fried noodle dish char keow teow.
The rest of the menu consists of a selection of “chef’s specialties”: Beyond the duck-and-foie wontons with mushrooms and dates, the list includes a whole duck roasted in banana leaf, a grilled stuffed quail with Dr. Pepper glaze, and the elaborate rijsttafel, a table’s worth of aromatic rice, curries, sambals, and sides.
Lemongrass-laden gin cocktails and turmeric whiskey highballs will slide across the bar: the cocktail menu has a handful of cocktails incorporating things like fresh mango, jasmine tea, and pandan. Gado Gado will even serve a drink using the rum-like Indonesian spirit arak with jasmine tea and lemon oleo saccharine. The booze-free can stick to drinks like the “wonder juice,” with turmeric, tamarind, and ginger. Check out the Gado Gado menu below:
• Gado Gado [Official]
• Gado Gado [Facebook]
• Southeast Asian Pop-Up Gado Gado Will Open a Restaurant This Spring [EPDX]