Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cuisine: South Kalimantan

  • Main Dish
    1. Soto Banjar

One of Indonesia's many types of soto (soup), it is the one of the province's specialties. Soto Banjar is composed of shredded chicken and soup spiced with ginger, nutmeg and cloves. It is served with ketupat (Indonesia traditional rica cake), perkedel (potato croquette with beef), boiled egg and white rice. Fried onion is used as garnish.

Soto Banjar

    2. Sate Banjar

Another specialty of the Banjarese people, it is made of chicken or beef marinated with sauce made of chili, garlic and palm sugar and sweet soybean sauce. It is then skewered and grilled on a traditional charcoal fire. Served with rice or lontong (traditional tube-shaped rice cake).

Sate Banjar

   3. Ketupat Kandangan

This dish uses ketupat (traditional diamond-shaped rice cake) and unlike other ketupat-based dishes, ketupat Kandangan is served with haruan fish soup. The fish is first marinated with tamarind, lime and salt, then grilled. After that it is boiled in a mixture of coconut milk and spices such as onion and garlic. The soup is then poured on top of the ketupat

Ketupat Kandangan

  • Beverages
    1. Es Kelapa Muda Jahe

Just like its name, the drink is made of es kelapa muda (ice coconut) and jahe (ginger). It served just like normal es kelapa muda in big glasses, however mixture of ginger, honey and sugar palm is added. Beside the fact that it is refreshing, it is also a great cure for diseases such as cold, cholesterol, high blood pressure and many others. 

Es Kelapa Muda Jahe

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cuisine: Aceh

  • Main Dish
    1. Keumamah

Made of ikan tongkol (tuna) or ikan kayu as the locals call it, Keumamah is one of Aceh's many specialties. The tuna used for this recipe is different because it is thinly sliced and dried before cooking. Sliced tuna is first boiled in water and then is mixed with spices such as chili, curry leaves and turmeric. Served together with white rice.


    2. Mie Aceh

This noodle dish is another specialty of the Acehnese people. Mie Aceh is a noodle dish that is spicy and is served either with beef, mutton or seafood. What is great about this dish is that you can have it either fried or boiled (served with spicy soup). Vegetables inside are beansprouts, cucumbers and tomatoes. Best served with emping (crackers) or acar (Indonesian pickles).

Mie Aceh

    3. Kari Aceh

Kari Aceh is one of Indonesia's many delicious curry. Kari Aceh is usually beef, mutton or chicken cut into small pieces that is marinated with tamarind and key lime. The meat is later mixed with coconut milk and spices such as cloves and chili that have been stirred. Best served with white rice.

Kari Aceh
  • Pastry

Traditional pastry from Aceh, Timphan is one of the province's specialties. Made from steamed  mixture of jackfruit and banana sprinkled with grated coconut. It is served with banana leaf as it wrapper.


Cuisine: Central Java

  • Main Dish
  1. Bakso Solo
Bakso literally means meatballs, made of beef boiled in hot soup with mung bean-thread noodles, green vegetables, shredded cabbage and tomato sauce or chili sauce. Different with the others, bakso solo has the bigger size of tennis ball. and because of this, it also known as bakso tennis.

Bakso Tennis

      2. Soto Kudus

Soto is a common Indonesian soup with turmeric as its main flavor, and the meat are usually chicken, beef or mutton depending on the region. In Kudus, one of Central Java's towns, Soto is usually served with shredded chicken and hard-boiled eggs, beansprout and fried shallots. Krupuk or Emping (crackers) is a common topping for Soto.

Soto Kudus

      3. Ayam Goreng Kalasan

Ayam goreng Kalasan has a unique taste: it is salty and also sweet. Ayam goreng Kalasan is  chicken stewed in spices such as coriander, garlic, candlenut and coconut water. It is then fried until it is crispy and is served with sambal (chili) sauce and raw vegetables.

Ayam Goreng Kalasan

       4.   Nasi Liwet

As we know, rice is usually cooked in water, but nasi liwet is different. It is cooked in coconut milk. Traditionally it is served on banana leaves or teak wood leaves. Nasi Liwet is usually served with opor ayam (chicken boiled in a mild white coconut milk sauce), telur pindang (eggs boiled slowly with spices) and labu siam (chayote) as the vegetable. Nasi Liwet is usually served for breakfast and lunch in Solo.

Nasi Liwet

  • Side Dish
   1. Srabi Solo

A pancake made of coconut milk mixed with rice flour. Srabi Solo can be served plain or with toppings such as sliced banana, chopped jackfruit, chocolate sprinkle or cheese.

Srabi Solo

     2.  Lumpia Semarang

Known in other parts of the world as spring rolls. The filling varies, but consists mainly of meats and bamboo shoots. Lumpia Semarang is usually served with kecap manis (sweet fermented soybean sauce) or sweet garlic sauce. It can also be served with acar (Indonesian style of sweet and sour cucumber pickle and chili). 

Lumpia Semarang

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Destination: Sulawesi --> South Sulawesi

  • Culture & Heritage:
  1. Fort Rotterdam

Fort Roterdam or also called Benteng Ujung Pandang is one of the relics built by the Gowa-Tallo Kingdom in 1545. It is situated in the city of Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi province, facing the sea. The fort has a unique shape, it resembles a turtle heading out to sea. The fort also received the title "the most well-preserved Dutch fort in Asia".

Fort Rotterdam

The people of Gowa-Tallo called this fort Benteng Panyua, probably because of its shape (panyua = penyu = sea turtle), and used it as a marine base. After the fort was taken by the Dutch during the Dutch Colonialization era, Cornelis Speelman, the Dutchman who commandeered the conquest of the fort renamed it Fort Rotterdam after his hometown.

La Galigo Museum
Inside the fort, a museum called Celebes Museum was established by the Dutch in 1938. It was the first museum to be built in the province and during the Dutch occupation it exhibited various articfacts such as ceramics and jewelries. Thirty years after Indonesia gained its independence, in 1970 the museum was re-established and the name was changed to La Galigo after the prince of the Sulu Kingdom. The name La Galigo also refers to I La Galigo, the world's longest epic poem. In addition to the early artifacts, the museum now exhibits artifacts from other kingdoms such as Sawito and Luwu.

The Fort is open daily from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., but La Galigo Museum only opens from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The entrance fee is around 10,000 rupiah.

  • Eco-tourism: 

     2. Taka Bone Rate National Park

Taka Bone Rate is home to the world's biggest atoll in the world after Kwajifein in Marshall Island and Suvadiva in Moldiva Isles with an area of 530,765 hectares. Taka Bone Rate is   has the meaning of "Coral piled up on sand" and it has become a major marine reserve and is rich in wildlife, both terrestrial and marine.

To get there, first take a local flight from Makassar (Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport) to Selayar Island that is operated by Sabang Merauke Raya Air Charter. After reaching Selayar Island you can take a boat to Taka Bone Rate National Park.

Taka Bone Rate National Park

Taka Bone Rate National Park consists of 21 islands, 19 of which are great dive sites . This  national park is also home to 261 species of coral, 295 species of coral fish and 244 species of mollusk, Dive its pristine waters and you might be lucky enough to encounter Hawksbill Turtles, Green Turtles and Pacific Ridley Turtles.

Hawksbill Turtle

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Airports: Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport

Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport is the main gateway to the eastern part of Indonesia. The airport was named after The Sultan of the Gowa Sultanate.

Location: 17 km northeast of Makassar


  • Old Terminal: This terminal no longer used due to overcapacity. Since 20 August 2008 all operational flights moved to the new terminal. Now this terminal used by the Indonesian Air Force
  • New Terminal: Located in the southern side of the old terminal, this terminal is implementing the concept of eco-airport and its shape resembles the traditional house of South Sulawesi.


  • Shopping area
  • Internet hotspot in waiting room
  • Banks and ATMs
  • Airport shuttle bus
  • Taxi service

Airports: Halim Perdanakusumah International Airport

This airport is located in Jakarta, the capital city of D.K.I Jakarta province.

Location: Jakarta, D.K.I Jakarta

Distance from city: inside the city of Jakarta


  • Shops
  • Restaurants
  • ATMs
  • Taxi service

Airports: Bali International Airport (Ngurah Rai Airport)

Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Bali International Airport, is named after I Gusti Ngurah Rai, an Indonesian National Hero.

Location: 13 km South of Denpasar


The international terminal is located in the "L" shaped terminal while the domestic terminal is located south east of the international terminal. The two terminals are seperated by Festival Plaza. Ngurah Rai International Airport has 14 gates for International Terminal and 3 gates for Domestic Terminal.



  • Taxi Service
  • Rental Car service
  • Charter Buse service
  • Post office and public telephones
  • Drug store
  • Banks and money changers
  • Duty free shops, private lounges, restaurants, and cafes
  • Prayer rooms and mosque