North Sulawesi Manado

The he capital city of the North Sulawesi is Manado  located at the Bay of Manado, its the second largest city in Sulawesi, the name Manado wich is derived from the ‘minahasan’ language comes from the word manadou or wanazou meaning “on the far coast”, Meanwhile, the Spanish had already set themselves up in the Philippines and Minahasa was used to plant coffee that came from South America because of its rich soil. Manado was further developed by Spain as a center of commerce for the Chinese traders who traded the coffee in China. 

 

Spain renounced to her possessions in Minahasa by means of a treaty with the Portuguese in return for a payment of 350,000 ducats.Minahasan natives made an alliance treaty with the Dutch and expelled the last of the Portuguese from Manado a few years later.

The Dutch East India Company or Verenigde Oost Indische Compagnie (VOC) built a fortress in Manado named Fort Amsterdam in 1658. As with regions in eastern Indonesia, Manado has undergone Christianization by Dutch missionaries, including Riedel and John Gottlieb Schwarz.

 

Home of the  largest christian comunity in Indonesia out of the world, with a lot of influeces from different places in the world,  they build they “own world”, inhabited by wonderful and gentle people its not a mistery that the most beautiful girls in Indonesia comes from Manado.

The best place to stay in Manado, if you don’t mind a little traffic its between Megamall and Manado Town Square,  beside the main street between this 2 location rise Megamass a beautiful  place that runs along the sea where there are nightclubs restaurants and even some street food, walkeable with light traffic, the best place in manado for hanging out and drinking.

Food Rewiew

This great variety of people who populated this area is also recognizable in the quantity and difference of food and recipes, People in Manado will likely not go for a strike when fuel costs increase, but it is very unlikely for them to stay quiet when chili prices increase. They eat almost anything with chilies, even for fried sweet banana. Second, Minahasan people eat absolutely anything with legs, except tables and chairs for sure. Exotic meat choices include dogs, fruit bats, forest rats, cats, snakes. So, be prepared with what you’ll see in a Minahasan restaurant, or for more bizarre sights, in a butcher section at a Minahasan market.

Popular Dishes

 SEAFOOD

Fresh seafood is the famous in manado because the location of Manado which is close to the sea. Grilled Gala Shrimp and Grilled Spicy Grouper. That’s the favorite one in manado. Both were served fresh and very flavorful. The fish was covered with chili paste. In addition to the two main dishes, Sambal Dabu-Dabu, which is a mixture of shallots, tomatoes, limes and various kinds of chilies, was also given as a dipping hot sauce. It was ultra hot.

 COCONUT CRAB

Cooked in black pepper sauce. Coconut crab is the largest land-living arthropod in the world, considered a delicacy and an aphrodisiac, with a taste very similar to lobster and crab meat. That’s available in Padang Spicy Sauce, Oyster Sauce, or with Coconut Milk Sauce.

 IKAN WOKU BELANGA

Garoupa fish (grouper) cooked in Woku Belanga style, which refers to being cooked inside a pot enriched with various spices such as lemon basil, turmeric leaf, lemon grass, tomato, chili pepper, and lemon. The fish was tasty but blazingly spicy.

SOTO RUSUK BABI

A traditional manadonese soup mainly composed of broth, meat, and vegetables. Beef soto and chicken soto are omnipresent in various regions in Muslim-majority Indonesia, but we had never found pork soto. Since the majority of the inhabitants of North Sulawesi are Christians, alcohol and pork are often used in Manadonese cuisine. Restaurants of Soto Rusuk, which is equivalent to pork soto made from pork ribs. Soto Rusuk Ko Petrus, which is famous in Manado for lunch or dinner. The soup is very savory and the meat is so tender. If you want extra soup, they can refill it for you for free.

 CAKALANG PAMPIS

Cakalang Pampis or Tuna Floss ala Manado can accompany with warm cooked rice or as a filling for panada. Panada is very closed to Spanish or Portuguese empanada or Jamaican patty. While in the west part of Indonesia, pastel is more popular. Pastel has a flakier skin like Malaysian curry puff and Makassar (South Sulawesi) jalakote.

 KUAH ASAM

Kuah asam is also typical food of North Sulawesi. It feels fresh and nutritious course. Kuah asam broth in a can of fish boil, can use any fish, carp, tilapia, tuna, fish tude, roa raw fish, etc. But the most delicious used the fresh red snapper. And for the acid, derived from tomatoes and lemon juice.

The content of this sour sauce also varies, sometimes adding pipil pumpkin and sweet corn, potatoes, carrots or vegetable gedi. Can also add lemon juice or bouillon powder. When making gravy with sour pork, must wear lime and add the ginger.

 IKAN TUDE WOKU DAUN

The important thing to make this menu which is to use a lot of spices. This recipe using fresh fish tude. Wrapped with banana leaves.

 RICA IKAN ROA (Sambel Roa)

Roa fish mix with tomato, chilli, onion and usually a companion Tinutuan and fried plantains.

Popular Dishes:

Tinutuan or Bubur Manado: ingredients : Rice, Spinach, Cassava, Pumpkin, Kangkung (water spinach), Gedi (Hibiscus Manihot L), Corn. For toping, usualy used basil, and fried union. Manadonese usually took, Nike savory chips (the juvenile from Awaous melanocephalus fish/baby Goby) or fried Cakalang (Skipjack Tuna) as the side dish.

Nasi Kuning Or Yellow Rice: Nasi Kuning made from, rice cooked with coconut milk and turmeric to make it yellow and tasty. Nasi Kuning mixed with shredded cakalang fish, shredded beef, and some fried union or Potato as a topping. Usually, Manadonese eat it with boiled egg or fried tofu. If you want to have your meal somewhere, Nasi Kuning would be pack into some kind of palm leaf.

Panada: It is not just fried banana, but very interesting Manadonese people eating fried bananas with chili paste.

Klappertart: one of the favorite dessert from manado. Ingredients : Condensed milk, Sweet Young, Coconuts, Rhum, Vanilla Extract, Corn starch/Maizena, Cinnamon, Walnuts, Raisins or Cheese or Chocolate.

 

Bunaken Island
Just one hour boat from Manado you can found Bunaken Island a peacefull island.
The waters of Bunaken National Marine Park are up to 1,566 m deep in Manado Bay, with temperatures ranging between 27 and 29 °C. It has a high diversity of – corals, fish, echinoderms or sponges. Notably, 7 of the 8 species of giant clams that occur in the world, occur in Bunaken. It also claims to have seven times more genera of coral than Hawaii
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