Makassar Restaurant, Food and Culinary Guide

Makassar Restaurant

Makassar is the one of the biggest city in Indonesia, formerly know as Ujung Pandang. Makassar is the capital city of South Sulawesi and the largest city in Sulawesi Island. Makassar also know as primary port and airline hub of the eastern archipelago, the thousands of remote islands being developed and incorporated into the mainstream of Indonesian society and economy.

Makassar also is gateway to Eastern Part of Indonesia and entry point to an adventurous tour to the Tana Toraja highlands, deep in the fertile plateaus of Sulawesi Island, or also known as Celebes. Nowadays Makassar is a bustling city with inhabitants from all over the archipelago, ethnic and most dominant language is Makassar and Bugis, at the last census people also spoke Javanese, Sundanese, Batak, Minangkabau and Banjarese. Tens of thousands were put in the last language group 'remaining languages', which concludes most of the innumerable languages in Eastern Indonesia. People from this region come to Makassar to trade, to study, to buy provisions or just to escape the limitations of the village life and all it made Makassar become crowded.

Makassar also well know as the best seafood culinary at Indonesia. Eating out or gathered in a restaurant has been part of Makassar society, in every street you will find many types of restaurants ranging from traditional to international restaurant. There are a large number of small restaurants serving Makassar traditional food or a special barbecued, steamed or fried seafood and Coto Makassar, a Makassar specialty, which is a rich curry soup filled with thick slices of meat and offal.

Another meals can be found around Makassar that could be try are :

Pisang Epe.
It can be found around Losari Beach. Pisang Epe is pressed grilled banana, served with melted brown sugar. Available with chocolate and/or cheese topping, and durian (seasonal) flavor.

Sop Saudara.
Its almost everywhere. Traditional South Sulawesi soup, it contains meat, liver, lung, etc. However, you may choose the ingredients you want in your soup and usually served with rice.

Pisang Ijo.
Banana wrapped in thick green rice flour layer, served with condensed coconut milk and syrup. The most famous one is made by Bravo Restaurant on Jl. Andalas, sometimes hotels serve Pisang Ijo as well.

Coto Makassar.
It can be found everywhere around Makassar, its also traditional Makassar soup. Quite similar to Sop Saudara, but has different taste. Usually served with "Ketupat" (type of dumpling made from rice packed inside woven palm leaf pouch).

Mie Pangsit.
Mie Pangsit or Pangsit Mie is noodle served with BBQ pork, chicken and wontons. Easy to be found around the chinatown (Jl. Sulawesi, Jl Lombok, Jl. Sangir and surrounding area). They usually available only until lunch time.

Its also almost similar with Coto Makassar, but has different taste, its Makassar style meat soup. The soup contains grated coconut, meat, liver, lung. The most famous Pallubasa is located on Jl. Serigala, known as Pallubasa Serigala.
Note: Avoid lunch time as it is very difficult to get seats on lunchtime :)

Nasi Kuning.
Yellow rice served with various dishes. One of the most favorite breakfast in Makassar. Usually contains egg, meat, lung, vegetable, etc.

Its stirred glutinous rice, served with fried grated coconut, salted fish and sambal (traditional chili sauce). Usually available in the morning.

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