Makassar, South Sulawesi – Indonesia
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:
- They have a lot of sauces to dip for different dishes.
- 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)
- 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??)
- 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:
- 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.
- Bili-Bili Dam! Not as massive as China’s 3 Gorges Dam, but still worth to view the blue sky and the colored lakes.
- Bantimurung for the nice waterfall and caves!
- 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:
- Malino – 1.5 hours drive away from Makassar (day trip is good enough)
- Tanjung Bira – 5 hours drive away from Makassar (at least 2 days 1 night)
- Tanah Toraja – 8 hours drive away from Makassar ( at least 4 days 3 nights)
Trivia for Indonesian only:
- 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)
- They use “kita” for “you”. E.g.: “Kita lagi dimana?” means “Where are you now?” and not “Where are we now?” (Confusing? Me too!)
- 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?