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Enjoying a bowl of Makassar's local treat, 'sup konro'

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Makassar  /  Thu, January 19, 2017  /  01:38 pm
Enjoying a bowl of Makassar's local treat, 'sup konro'

'Sup konro' (rib soup) at Sop Konro Bawakaraeng, Makassar. (Good Indonesian Food/File)

In addition to its variety of tantalizing seafood dishes, South Sulawesi is also home to delicious beef delicacies. The likes of coto (beef soup), pallubasa (offal soup), sup konro (rib soup), konro bakar (grilled ribs) and sup saudara (spicy beef soup) should not be missed by your palate and tummy if you’re visiting the area.

During a quick sojourn to Makassar – the capital city of South Sulawesi – I took the opportunity to sample these delightful local treats. “Sop Konro Bawakaraeng! It might not be a familiar name to visitors, but the locals consider its sup konro the best in Makassar”, my local driver explained when I asked him for the best place in town for a bowl of sup konro. I followed his advice and off we went to the eatery on Jl. Gunung Bawakaraeng.

Modest and not exceptionally capacious, the venue has limited parking – just two to three cars at one time – which may prove problematic during peak hours. We got there at around 11 a.m. and only a couple of customers were present. I could see the cook frantically preparing cuts of beef ribs to anticipate the busy lunchtime crowd. I ordered the sup konro along with a plate of steamed rice. As I waited for my food, I closely observed the process of its assembly.

(Read also: Savoring 'konro bakar', the pride and joy of Makassar)

The size of the beef ribs was smaller than those that I’d seen before. Intrigued, I inquired about their peculiar proportions to the chef. “We use local cows, which is why the ribs here are quite small,” he said. Satisfied by his short response, I headed to a vacant table and sat down.

Not long after I took my seat, my sup konro arrived. At first glance, the broth did not look too concentrated, but one sip introduced my palate to its refreshing and savory taste. In all my life, I have yet to come across such a composition in a sup konro. The delicious taste and tenderness of the beef ribs hypnotized all my senses. It was one of the most perfect meals I have ever had.

Founded in the 1960s, Sop Konro Bawakaraeng is open from 10 a.m. but the closing time depends on the food supply. Its popularity means that it would be best for you to pop by early, before it runs out of beef ribs and closes. (kes)

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Jl. Gunung Bawakaraeng No. 146, Makassar, South Sulawesi

Contact: 0821 8908 5927

Open daily from 10 a.m.

Rp 50,000 (US$3.80) per person

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