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The eccentricities of Minahasan cuisine

  • Peter Milne

    Contributor

Manado   /   Sun, August 26 2012   /  08:01 am

Traders carry fruit bats at Tomohon traditional market in North Sulawesi. Antara/Ismar PatrizkiManado, the provincial capital of North Sulawesi, is a coastal city that spreads inland over several undulating hills.

Today, Manado is a base for visits to the diving Mecca of Bunaken, the hill towns and volcanoes around Tomohon, the highlands of Lake Tondano and the Tangkoko-Batuangas Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, with its tiny nocturnal primates called tarsiers.

The place is also famous across the country for its food, the focus of my visit.

Our serving of dog meat or RW, short for rintek wuuk. JP/Peter MilneDespite its attractions, it’s a little hard to believe that when Alfred Russel Wallace first passed through these parts back in 1859 he would write: “The little town of Menado [sic.] is one of the prettiest in the East”. But then again that was 150 years ago, ...