About Makassar

Makassar, South Sulawesi – Indonesia

Pantai Losari Makassar

How to locate Sulawesi? It’s quite straightforward to identify the bizarre 4-legged-octopus-shaped island of Indonesia that lies in between Kalimantan (Borneo) and Papua. Often overlooked by Java and Sumatera, Sulawesi has a much more potential of the hype as the potential leader in tourism industry.

So to say, I got a chance to visit the biggest city in Sulawesi, Makassar. My expectation was pretty high by judging on the rave reviews that I have read before my trip.

The local is nice, the city is clean (cleaner than Jakarta and Medan for sure), but the most intriguing part is the food. Fortunately, I have a good friend + guide + chauffeur + host to complete my culinary series in Makassar. I guess Makassar-ian is very good with soupy recipes.

Some unique points for Makassar foodie guide:

  1. They have a lot of sauces to dip for different dishes.
  2. They like lemon very, very, very much! Be it with soup or rice! (don’t get “ice lemon tea” but get “tea” and squeeze your own lemon to it)
  3. Their seafood is amazingly great and most importantly fresh! And they have all the weird names for their fishes e.g.: Kaneke, Kudu-kudu, Papakulu, Baronang, etc (Wow, who the hell invented their names??)
  4. And please remember to try Coto Nusantara, Sup Saudara and Pallubasa, because these are the main highlight for Makassar gourmet series!

A few places worth to mention:

  1. LOSARI beach, the icon of Makassar. Trust me; the beach is over-rated as I’m still trying to define where the beach is. But the sunset is awesome with lots of local delicacies.
  2. Bili-Bili Dam! Not as massive as China’s 3 Gorges Dam, but still worth to view the blue sky and the colored lakes.
  3. Bantimurung for the nice waterfall and caves!
  4. And special thanks to Fort Rotterdam for the biggest yawn in my life!

Getting out from Makassar?

There are so many places to explore in South Sulawesi:

  1. Malino – 1.5 hours drive away from Makassar (day trip is good enough)
  2. Tanjung Bira – 5 hours drive away from Makassar (at least 2 days 1 night)
  3. Tanah Toraja – 8 hours drive away from Makassar ( at least 4 days 3 nights)

Trivia for Indonesian only:

  1. They use “gagah” for “handsome”. E.g.: Cowok itu gagah sekali! (It has been donkey years since I last heard of “gagah” apart from some sleazy headlines from local newspapers)
  2. They use “kita” for “you”. E.g.: “Kita lagi dimana?” means “Where are you now?” and not “Where are we now?” (Confusing? Me too!)
  3. They use “bunuh” for “turn off”. E.g.: “Saya akan bunuh mesin itu untuk anda” for “ I will turn off the engine for you” (WOW! WOW! WOW!)

Basically, I still can think about Makassar food (occasionally) when I’m bored! Can you hear my growling stomach now?