Makassar is the biggest city in Indonesia. This capital of South Sulawesi can be accessed by plane from Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya, Manado, Ternate, and several towns in Papua. Makassar is one of many regions in Indonesia which is famous for their culinary. Makassar is mainly famous for using strong combination of spices that blends perfectly. So here we are giving you some reference of Makassar’s unique culinary to try out.
1. Coto Makassar
Coto Makassar is a soup with beef innards and or meat. The beef is boiled for quite a long time until it gets soft. The soup is made with thick broth mixed with several spices. The aroma and taste are strong and savory. People who like spicy foods can add up some extra sambal (chili) to make it more appealing and enjoyable. You can also add some lime or soy sauce to meet your personal taste. Coto Makassar is eaten with ketupat. Ketupat is a steamed rice cake wrapped in coconut leaves.
There are about hundreds of places in Makassar where you can buy a bowl of Coto Makassar. The most recommended ones are the stands located on Jalan Merpati, Jalan Nusantara, Jalan Daeng Sirua, Jalan Tinggi Mae, and Jalan Landak Baru. A bowl of Coto Makassar costs you about $1.2. Extra ketupat is sold only for $0.8.
2. Sup Konro and Konro Bakar
Sup Konro is a strong spiced soup with ribs. The soup uses many kinds of spices such as coriander, ginger, cinnamon, clover, pepper, and much more. Overall, they use more kinds of spices on Sup Konro than Coto Makassar. The soup is dark brown colored due to the usage of keluwek seeds. Another variant of Konro is Grilled Konro (Konro Bakar). It still uses the same spices as Sup Konro. But instead of making it as a soup, the spices are used to marinate the ribs. The marinated ribs are then grilled until it is well cooked.
The best food stands to eat Sup Konro is on Jalan Gunung Lompobattang. The stands name is Sup Konro Karebosi. A serving of Sup Konro is sold for $2.8 and Konro Bakar is $3. Sup Konro is best eaten with ketupat (rice cake). Meanwhile, Konro Bakar is best eaten with normal rice.
3. Es Pisang Ijo
Es Pisang Ijo means “Ice of Green Banana”. It is named that way because the main component in this serving is banana wrapped with green peel made out of flour. A serving of Es Pisang Ijo also consists of coconut milk, syrup, grated ice blocks, and sweet white porridge made out of flour.
Es Pisang Ijo is easy to find as there are many street stands or restaurants that sell it. But the most popular ones are the stands on Jalan Andalas and Jalan Indrapura. A bowl of Es Pisang Ijo is sold for about $0.8. Another variant of Es Pisang Ijo is Es Pallu Butung. The difference is just that Es Pallu Butung does not use green peel.
4. Pisang Epe
Pisang Epe is a simple snack in Makassar. Pisang itself means banana. Young banana is grilled and flattened. Then, it is served with palm sugar sauce and durian (if you like). Sometimes, cheese and or thick chocoloate milk are added for variation. Most pisang epe stands can be found around Losari Beach or Jalan Losari. A serving of pisang epe consists of three bananas with the topping of your choice. The price may range from $0.4 to $0.8 depends on the toppings you choose.
Jalangkote looks like a fried dimsum, but it has different taste. This snack is usually filled with white noodles, carrot, beansprout, potato, eggs, and meat. It then is served with spicy thin sauce. Jalangkote tastes better when it is warm. If you want to take it home, the seller will half-cook your jalangkote so you can cook it again until it is well done when you are about to consume it at home.
Jalangkote, as any other street snacks in Makassar, are available in many stands. The legendary Jalangkote stand is on Jalan Lansirang. This stand has an open kitchen to allow the guest watch the process of cooking Jalangkote. The price is a little bit more expensive here. It is about $0.4 while on the other stands, you can buy it for only $0.2. Jalangkote stands usually also sell Lumpia as an alternate choice.
Sarabba is a traditional warm beverage from Makassar. It is made from coconut milk, ginger, yolk, palm sugar, and pepper powder. Sarabba is very effective to warm up your body. It is also helpful to heal flu or gassy stomach. Some men drink Sarabba to recover their stamina when they feel exhausted. Sometimes, sarabba is added with extra ingredients such as whole eggs or milk.
There are several street stands in Makassar which sell Sarabba. But the popular ones are the stands on Jalan Sungai Cerekang, Jalan Bawakaraeng, Jalan Bulusaurung, and Jalan Alauddin. The price of a Sarabba is only $0.2 to $0.8 per glass. Sarabba is best enjoyed with warm snacks such as fried banana, pisang epe, or cakes.
7. Various Seafood Dishes
Located nearby the ocean, there are many people in Makassar making a living as fishermen. Thus, Makassar people are familiar with many kinds of seafood. At this city, you will find several restaurants that serve freshly-caught seafoods with delicious spices and herbs.
Some recommended restaurants to Makassar seafood cookings are The Bahari on Jalan Yosef Latumaniha, Ratu Gurih Restaurant on Jalan Lamadukelleng, Turi Restaurant on Jalan Saimun, and The Imperial Star on Jalan Datumuseng. If you want to taste more traditional menus, you can go to Lae-Lae Restaurant on Jalan Datu Museng.
If you go to Jalan Nusakambangan, there is a restaurant named Surya Super Crab. Not only you can enjoy many kinds of seafood melting in your mouth, you can even buy live crabs to take home or to be given as a gift.
Besides all those yummy foods and drinks, Makassar also has several snacks and cakes that you can bring home. Please go to traditional markets or shops to buy it. Some tourists like to buy these to be given as gift when they get home.