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2011-11-05 62 Lihat
Having been away for more than a dozen long years from my home country was a great experience at the very least, however it did come with drawbacks. More than most was the longing for the wonderful food I was raised up with, and although Terra Australis Incognito is an absolute haven for food in its own right, there was always an irreplaceable void that can never be filled no matter how much Chunky Meat Pie or Lamb Chops I had.Now back here in Jakarta to start a new life, I've decided to documen
Now back here in Jakarta to start a new life, I've decided to document at least part of my culinary journey since I'm lucky enough to be living in the food capital that is Kelapa Gading.
Just recently I've discovered that I'm not as Chinese as I was led to believe, having learned that my heritage actually included Ambon, Portuguese, and also Bugis Makassar. No wonder my dad has a more "bule" kind of nose, although that particular desirable feature evidently is not so prominent in me. How fitting it is that my very first review here is of a particular restaurant that is in touch with my Bugis heritage, Rumah Makan Marannu Kelapa Gading. Located in the main Boulevard, the restaurant nestles in a particular row of shops that boasts no less than 4 other Makassar cuisine restaurants. I've dined in some of them, but that is for another review.
The decor is usual "ruko restoran" fare, however it is spacious (having combined two rukos together) and most importantly, clean. What grabs your attention the most as you enter are the rows of humongous beef ribs (konro) lining the glass case, waiting to be grilled to served with soup.
It is no secret among my friends that I have a big appetite, and I ordered a suitably "big" dish and one of their specialties, Konro Bakar.
The ginormous 20-cm long beef ribs with rice and soup Another close up of the grilled ribs lathered with yummy peanut sauce I have to admit, the sight of those big, long, charred beef ribs never ceased to amaze me. My appetite worked up, I dug straight into the dish. The meat (and fat) literally fell off the bone, and the peanut-based sauce sing together nicely with the konro. The side soup however is a surprise. Even though it's just plain soup, the taste of meat is palpable and they pull no punches with the spices, resulting in a wonderful accompaniment for the rice and konro.
You know it's been a good meal when every scrap of meat, every grain of rice, and every drop of soup is wiped clean off the plates For those who have a sweet tooth, they also have a plethora of traditional Makassar sweets such as Roko Unti, Barongko, Cangkuning, and many more All in all, a great lunch in a place I'd definitely come back. Marannu has filled the void considerably and promised of the richness of food culture my home country has, therefore made me realise that I still have so much to experience and hopefully have many more reviews to come!
Until then, keep your tongue happy!