Manado, a Food ParadisePosted by Petty Elliott · 0 comments
Manado, North Sulawesi is a special place to me as I was born there and lived there until I was 13 years old. The lush greens of coconut plantations, beautiful coral reefs of Bunaken Island and water rafting the wild mountain rivers are among many vivid childhood memories.
The character of Manado food is fiery spicy, fresh and aromatic with lime leaves and kemangi (a local basil), lemon grass and lemong cui or calamansi. I reduced the quantity of chilies in all my recipes as the classic Manado food are simply too hot to enjoy. Ayam rica-rica (chicken with ginger and chilies), cakalang woku blanga (bonito stew with 10 different herbs and spices), bubur Manado, a porridge dish with many vegetables, that I made a Manadonese Risotto in my cooking book. The influences of Spanish and Dutch cooking are strong especially in cookies and cakes such as red bean soup with pork, bruinebonen; brudel ; klaapertart (young coconut tart); kaastangle, panada ; spice tuna empanada and many more.
My gourmet ingredients from this area are cakalang fufu (smoked bonito or baby tuna), ikan roa – smoked garfish, which has very dried texture, manisan pala (nutmeg fruit sweet and spicy pickle) and palm sugar.
There are many stories and recipes to tell which you can find on my book Papaya Flower, Manadonese cuisine, provincial Indonesian food which is available at Pantry Magic, Jakarta, www.pantry-magic.com/jakarta, Jl.Kemang Raya No.14B, Jakarta 12730, Phone: 021-7182573. You can find also at Kinokuniya bookstores in Jakarta or simply order through email@example.com (for Indonesia residents only).