Hidangan Coto

April 03, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jl. A. Mappanyuki No. 100, Rantepao, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia 91890. Description This little Warung could be easily missed when walking down the main street in Rantepao! Set back and looking like someones little house just near the Post Office. It’s name says it all, Coto; a classic dish from Makassar, a rich soup of buffalo stock with chunks of very lean buffalo meat often eaten with a steamed rice packet woven from a natural palm fronds. Odering is easy just show a finger or two and your Coto is served promptly. The staff don’t speak English as the food does all the talking. Suggestion Well guys there’s only one choice here but its well worth it a real tasty soup (18,000 rp) Price All bowls are between (18,000 rp) Drinks range from 1,000 rp for a water to 9,000 rp for drinks from a fridge plus tea or coffee (3-5,000 rp)

Lo'ko' Mata

Lo’ko’ Mata

March 05, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

In the mountains of Batutumonga you will find the burial site of Lo’ko’ Mata.  You’ll find 20-30 burial chambers cut out of one giant rock. Although it’s not really common at Lo’ko’ Mata, you will see a couple of Tau Tau, realistic looking wooden ancestor statues, lined up on a small balcony and a nice big buffalo head cut out of the rock. Walk around the big rock. On the left side you will find an open grave. The door to the grave is only 80x80cm but the actual grave inside measures 2m x 2m x 1m and is big enough for several coffins. At Lo’ko’ Mata you will also find a couple of smaller megaliths. Entry fee: free! How to get there? Jump on a Bolu-Batutumonga pete-pete and ask the driver to drop you off at the burial site (ask “kiri decat di Lo’ko’ Mata”). It is located next to the main road.

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

Tedong Bonga

Do you know…the meaning of Bonga?

February 08, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

Bonga, or a Tedong Bonga is the name given to a type of water buffalo with a unique colouration only known to Sulawesi. The colouration is mainly pink to white to black with horns and blue eyes. The bonga is very symbolic standing out from the normal buffalo. With a price tag between 30,000 and 60,000 $ (compared to 1,500-2,000 $ for a regular buffalo), it is highly prized and is mainly used to show ones wealth at a Torajan funeral. The Tedong Bonga is also used as a symbol by local governments to welcome their guests. A fine example is the Tedong Bonga statue which you can find on the main road coming from Makale, just before you reach Rantepao. The statue shows a man posing with a white Tedong Bonga buffalo.