Pa'piong Duku Bai

Recipe of the week: Pa’piong Duku Bai

March 01, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

Pa’piong Duku Bai is a classic Torajan dish usually prepared for all large ceremonies like funerals and weddings. We use a cooking method dating back from the beginning of time. For this recipe we prepare the dish in a type of bamboo that is softer than the one used for construction. Ingredients 500 g pork 500 g serr’akko leaves (*) 2 spring onions (cut into 5 cm strips) 5 shallots (cut thinly) 5 garlic cloves (cut thinly) 10 medium sized chilies 1 cube of beef stock powder Pinch of salt and pepper 2 lengths of bamboo cut to 0.5 m (including 1 closed end and 1 open!) 2 banana leaves (*) Serr’akko leaves Serr’akko leaves, also known as Mayana leaves in Indonesian language, can be found in the jungle of Toraja. It is a wild vegetable similar to the nettle family which gives the pork a distinctive flavour and aroma. Preparation 1/ Cut up the pork and place it with all the ingredients in a large bowl. 2/ Mix all ingredients up with your hands. 3/ Wash out the bamboo tubes and place the pork mixture gently into them. Make sure to give the bottom of the tube a tap on …

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Do you know… how to get around in Rantepao & Toraja?

March 01, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Pete-pete Pete-petes are the blue and yellow minivans you see all over town. They all start from Bolu market. Their routes include: Bolu – Rantepao (2,000 rp) – Alang-Alang (3,000 rp) – Salu (5,000 rp) Bolu – Lempo (10,000 rp) – Batutumonga (15,000 rp) Bolu – Nanggala (5,000 rp) Bolu – Palawa (3,000 rp) – Sadan (5,000 rp) Bolu – Rantepao (2,000 rp) Bolu – Rantepao (2,000 rp) – Kete Kesu (3,000 rp) – La’bo (5,000 rp) Bolu – Rantepao (2,000 rp) – Kete Kesu (3,000 rp) – La’bo (5,000 rp) – Randanbatu (7,000 rp) Bolu – Rantepao (2,000 rp) – Lolai (10,000 rp) – Pangala (30,000 rp) Bolu – Rantepao (2,000 rp) – Parinding (5,000 rp) – Bori (7,000 rp) Bolu – Rantepao (2,000 rp) – Siguntu (5,000 rp) Bolu – Rantepao (2,000 rp) – Tikala (5,000 rp) All prices are per person. Take note that pete-petes only leave when they are full, which sometimes can take an hour or more. Kijang Shared Kijangs (also known as bemos) drive between 6:00 and 20:00 from Bolu via Rantepao to Makale and back. You can recognize them by their yellow license plate. Just halt one on the main road from Rantepao …

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Hotel Hiltra

Hotel Hiltra

March 01, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. Pramuka No. 70, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91883 Description Hotel Hiltra is a 2** hotel set back of the main road, close to the military barracks and benefitting from their football field directly in front of it. It has the feel of a large hotel from the 1980s with long corridors, but with little natural light within. Hotel Hiltra is a good 15 minutes walk from town. It’s far enough of the main road not to have too much noise from it. Facilities Breakfast included / English speaking staff / Free maps / Guide service /  Laundry / Live Music / Lounge/Bar / Massage service /Restaurant Rates & bookings Standard room: 350,000 rp Deluxe room: 350,000 rp Suite: 450,000 rp Extra bed: 100,000 rp Do you require more information? Or do you want to make a reservation? Get in touch with Bonga Toraja. Call us +62 821 88 084 848 • E-mail us: info @ bongatoraja . com • Skype us: BongaToraja.

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Wisma Monika

Wisma Monika

February 28, 2013 / by / 2 Comments

Jl. Ratulongi No. 36, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91883 Description Close to the restaurants that run along the river end of town, this little wisma looks like a grand house but was built for the one duty of looking after people. This very clean place with a family atmosphere is set over two floors. Wisma Monika serves a really good breakfast and is located close to the Sadang river. Facilities Breakfast included / English speaking staff / Free maps / Laundry / Lounge/Bar Rates & bookings Standard room: 250,000 rp Superior room: 300,000 rp Deluxe room: 350,000 rp Extra bed: 100,000 rp Do you require more information? Or do you want to make a reservation? Get in touch with Bonga Toraja. Call us +62 821 88 084 848 • E-mail us: info @ bongatoraja . com • Skype us: BongaToraja.

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Pasar Bolu

Pasar Bolu – Bolu’s Buffalo Market

February 27, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

Every six days it’s market day in Bolu, a small village located about 1 km from the center of Rantepao. Pasar Bolu is a unique traditional Torajan public market that draws crowds from all over Tana Toraja. You can go there for the usual stuff like fruit & vegetables, fish and household stuff, but also for Torajan coffee, traditional Torajan spices (pamarassan…) or traditional Torajan cakes & candy. But the largest part of the market is reserved for buffalos and pigs. Hundreds of buffalos and hundreds of pigs are on sale, including the infamous and very expensive Tedong Bonga. People come from all over Toraja to sell their animals. For most animals this is their last stop before they head to a funeral to get sacrificed. Click here for a schedule of Bolu’s Buffalo Market days. How to get there? Jump on a northern bound Kijiang. Bolu Market is their final destination. The Kijiangs will take you there for 2,000 rp only. View Larger Map

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Deppa Torik

Recipe of the week: Deppa Torik

February 22, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

This classic Torajan cake is served at most functions and is best eaten with hot coffee. It’s a crispy yummy favorite! Ingredients 2 kg rice flour 2 kg palm sugar 2 ts vanilla 0.5 ts baking powder 50g sesame seed Preparation 1/ Add the palm sugar with 3 cups of water in a saucepan. 2/ Bring up the heat until its melted then add all the other ingredients except the sesame seeds. 3/ Mix the ingredients properly until it turns to be brown and stiff. 4/ Lay it out on a wooden board and roll it flat until its 1 cm thick and sprinkle the sesame seeds over it. 5/ Next cut 5cm wide strips at 30 degrees. 6/ Finally deep fry the strips until they turn dark brown. Serve with Toraja Arabica coffee!

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Hotel Pison

February 17, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. Pongtiku No. 8, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91830 Description Just opposite the very popular Pia’s Poppies you will find Hotel Pison. It is a 31-room family hotel. Rooms are big, spacious and clean and most have hot water. All rooms have a nice little balcony, some with mountain views. It is located just outside the city centre close to the main road from Rantepao to Makale. They have a good restaurant where all meals are made freshly to order. Facilities Book exchange / Car rental / Guide service / Laundry / Lounge/Bar / Massage / Motorbike rental / Massage / Restaurant / WiFi (free) Rates & bookings Single/twin room with cold water: 100,000 rp Single/twin roon with hot water: 150,000 rp Do you require more information? Or do you want to make a reservation? Get in touch with Bonga Toraja. Call us +62 821 88 084 848 • E-mail us: info @ bongatoraja . com • Skype us: BongaToraja.

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Duta 88

Duta 88 Cottages

February 17, 2013 / by / 6 Comments

Jl. Sawerigading No. 12, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91883 Description Located very centrally, this compact group of Torajan “Tongkonan” houses are set in a very colorful garden. Each room has its own balcony, which can be a good way of meeting other guests. It’s just above budget price but has an excellent position and its breakfast is included in the price. It’s only a short walk from the bus station which is a plus when arriving late (or very early) after a tiring journey. The central mosque close by can be a little noisy, but most travellers in Indonesia are used to it anyway. The staff speaks basic English. Facilities Breakfast included / Car rental / English speaking staff / Guide Service / Laundry / Massage / Motorbike rental / Restaurant Rates & bookings Double room: 200,000 rp Do you require more information? Or do you want to make a reservation? Get in touch with Bonga Toraja. Call us +62 821 88 084 848 • E-mail us: info @ bongatoraja . com • Skype us: BongaToraja.

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Wisma Irama

Wisma Irama

February 16, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. Abdul Gani No. 16, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91883 Description Not one of our top choices in Rantepao but a value guesthouse in somewhat disrepair. Wisma Irana is located not far from the main street, close by a large local market but surrounded by a grassy courtyard with a traditional rice barn in the centre. Most rooms have a double bed with an extra bed in the same room, which can be handy when travelling with three. If you are on a tight budget this might be the wisma for you as they are happy to bargain a good price. Facilities Breakfast included / English speaking staff / Guide service / Laundry / Motorbike rental / Tours Rates & bookings Single/double room, bathroom w/ mandi: 80,000 rp Single room, bathroom w/ hot water: 100,000 rp Double room, bathroom w/ hot water: 150,000 rp Do you require more information? Or do you want to make a reservation? Get in touch with Bonga Toraja. Call us +62 821 88 084 848 • E-mail us: info @ bongatoraja . com • Skype us: BongaToraja.

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Wisma Riana

Wisma Riana

February 16, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

Jl. Abdul Gani No. 83H, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91883 Description Tucked away far behind other Wismas on the same route as Wisma Monton. This little place has a real tradition village feel and has a comprehensive garden of plants used for dyeing fabrics. The owner was a local tourist guide for thirty years and will be happy to answer all your questions about Tana Toraja. Wisma Riana serves breakfast for 10,000 rp only. It’s a very popular home stay, so book ahead if you don’t want to be disappointed. Facilities Book exchange / Car rental / English speaking staff / Free maps / Laundry / Massage / Motorbike rental Rates & bookings Room with cold water: 100,000 rp Room with hot water: 140,000 rp Do you require more information? Or do you want to make a reservation? Get in touch with Bonga Toraja. Call us +62 821 88 084 848 • E-mail us: info @ bongatoraja . com • Skype us: BongaToraja.

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