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Food and Drink

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Main Dishes

To start with, hot spicy food is probably the best way to describe Minahasans dishes! Although not every dish is always cooked with chili or "rica" ( /ree-châ/ in Minahasans dialect), you still have to be careful, unless you are used to hot spicy food.

There is also a local joke about Minahasans and their dishes, "they eat everything that has legs on earth, except humans and tables!" While Sundanese (see Bandung on this website) is "famous" for their "leaves, mortar and pestle". Minahasans have dishes made of uncommon animals to many other people in Indonesia or even on our planet, such as fruit bat, paddy field (or forest) rat and dog (said to be not their own pet or someone else's pet)!

Minahans dishes are basically cooked using many kinds of spices, such as basil leaves, garlic, ginger, lemon, lemongrass, lime leaves, shallots, spring onions, turmeric leaves and chili!

Grilled Rat

Common dishes in Manado and its neigbouring towns are Dabu-dabu ( /dâ-boo/ - kind of local pickle made of raw tomatos, lime juice and green chili), fish cooked with cooking oil and other spices called Ikan Woku ( /ee-khân wô-khoo/ ), Jantung Pisang (banana heart/blossom that may contain pork and spicy), rice dish that is Nasi Jaha (rice grilled in a bamboo mixed with ginger and other spices), Nasi Kuning (steamed yellow rice with boiled egg, beef and chili wrapped in coconut leaves), Nike (fried "local anchovies" that only live in Tondano lake), Paniki (fruit bats cooked in coconut milk), vegetable dish like Pangi ( /pâng-ee/ ) , made of edible fern mixed with papaya flowers, chili and may contain pork, Ragey (pork satay), Tinutuan (Manado version of poridge, again might contain chili), and many others.

Usually Minahasans eat these dishes with plain steamed rice. Photos of a few of mentioned dishes above are displayed below.

As a big city in Indonesia, Manado also has a range other Indonesian food, Asian food, and Western food. Local restaurants offer modern or traditional setting, indoor or outdoor setting, especially in highlands - taking the advantage of its comfortable climate, - Lesehan (sitting on the rattan mats on the floor). There are also many international chain companies available, such as A&W, KFC, Pizza Hut, etc.


There is one typical Minahasan drink called Saguer, which made of palm tree fruits, known to local people as "pohon (tree) seho" or "akel". Minahasans usually drink it on almost many kinds of parties, be it birthday, marriage, baptism, anniversary.

Sometimes you might see local farmers making Saguer of their palm trees while on your way to Rurukan village from Tomohon bus/mikrolet terminal. They call this process of making this drink "Ba Tifar" or "Ba Ke?et".

However, if this palm tree fruits juice is fermented, it will become an alcoholic drink. There is one well known brand among Minahasans called "Cap Tikus" (literarily means Rat Brand) and because it's relatively cheap, sometimes police officers have to take care of drunk young people. Other kinds of liquor are only available in bars and clubs, hotels, many up-market restaurants and cafes, and some stores, while beers are quite easy to get.

Apart from Minahasans drinks, you can still find other Indonesian drinks, such as avocado juice (where they blend avocados with milk and sometimes adding chocolate syrup/sauce).

Warung and Rumah Makan

Apart from good standards local restaurants, you will also find many local-style small street side (food stall) "restaurants", called Warung or Rumah Makan/RM (direct translation: eating house). These are places where you will find real prices of food in Manado or even Indonesia. They are very affordable to most of Indonesians.

The difference between warung and rumah makan is that usually warung is never (rarely) built on a permanent place, whereas rumah makan is built on a permanent basis. However warung/RM cleanliness or hygienic really varies. Unless you are so used to these kind of environments, you should carefully judge its cleanliness before eating there.

Local/Minahasan Dishes

Please take notes that sometime pictures make food looks delicious but you might not like it, or the otherway around...

Jantung Pisang
Ikan (fish) Mujair Bakar Rica
Ikan (fish) Mujair Woku
RW/dog meat
















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