25 June 2009

Manadonese Food

Manadonese food is famous throughout Indonesia for two things: the Minahasa eat absolutely anything, and the flavor of choice is very, very spicy. Sugar is used little if at all, with flavor added through lemon and herbs. Being Christian, the Minahasa also often marinate meat in alcohol and favor pork. More exotic protein options include bat, field rat and dog, the last of which is the obligatory centerpiece of any wedding ceremony or Christmas feast. Classic dishes include:

ayam rica-rica, grilled chicken topped with a fiery red chili-and-onion paste
ikan woku, fish simmered in herbs
babi tore, fried pork until crunch with a lot of chilli
perkedel milu, corn fritters
tinutuan (or bubur manado), a goopy porridge of rice, pumpkin, noodles and random vegetables — doesn't look very attractive, but it can be tasty (and, for once, not spicy)

Dutch settlement here has also brought in a few surprising influences, notably:

breneibon, a rich kidney bean soup
klappertart, a Western-style coconut cake

20 May 2009

The Beauty of Manado


I would start to describe Manado for people outside Indonesia or Manado to know at glance about this beautiful city. Manado is a coastal city of 500,000 inhabitants, surrounded by mountains and seas. The average range of temperatures is 18-34 degrees celcius.

Manadonese people are friendly and they are famous of their smiles and warmth. Manado is the city of plurality and a city where people of different religions and etnicalities live in harmony. You can easily find churches, mosques, cathedrals, and chinese temples standing side-by-side in Manado.

Manado can be reached by all means of transportations and from both domestic and international cities. Many national air carriers fly to Manado from many main Indonesian cities such as Jakarta, Makassar, Surabaya, Bali, Yogyakarta, Sorong, Jayapura and other cities. For international travellers, it is an interesting development as AirAsia has just opened its Kuala Lumpur-Manado routes v.v. Singapore Airlines also flies to Manado from Singapore.

Manado can also be reached by sea through an international seaport of Bitung. Roads connecting cities in and outside Manado are normally well-maintained, yet some improvements on roads condition need to be done.

Manado provides more than 5,000 rooms of 5-star hotels to small hotels. Shopping in Manado is endless as you can get almost all goods and apparels in Jakarta and other main cities in Indonesia. Shopping malls and finest restaurants line up on the front city of Manado along the Malalayang boulevard.

Transportations in the city vary from motor-cycle taxis, mini buses and taxi meters. While inter city buses ply the routes Manado to Bitung, Kotamobagu, Tomohon, Gorontalo, Palu, Kendari and Makassar in the island of Sulawesi.

All kind of international and local cuisines are available in the city. International cuisines are served in hotels while some finest restaurants serve eaters with all sorts of choices of food and cuisines. You just name it. Yet, one food that is worth trying is the icon of Manadonese food locally named Bubur Manado or Manadonese porridge. This porridge is rich with many vegetables and served with hot chilly sauce known as dabu-dabu.

One thing that you must not miss if you visit Manado is Bunaken, the home of many rare fish and one of the best diving spots in the world. Bunaken offers visitors and divers with unforgettable experince.