If you love seafood and have never been to Makassar, you are missing out. I’ve been there only once myself, but the 2-day jaunt was enough to capture my unwavering heart for good eats (not to mention cheap eats)! All I remember of this trip was the volume and frequency of our repasts. Within 40 hours we managed to (voluntarily) chug down around 9 meals.
The seafood was blissful, so fresh, so tasty (you can really taste the sweetness in the fish and crab meat), and oh so cheap! Seafood aside, other highlights included nasi goreng tomat, pisang ijo, pisang bakar, and I kid you not–pretty much everything else! With no intention of deceiving you good people, this post won’t feature my Makassar chronicle, but instead, a seafood restaurant recommended to me (and now to you), one that won’t cost you a flight to Makassar.
All the dishes featured below are recommended, but the high point of my dining experience at Rumah Makan Ujung Pandang was the unexpectedly tasty udang goreng telur asin (skin-on). It is by far the best I’ve had in Jakarta–crunchy on the outside, sweet and tender on the inside, and with the perfect amount of telur asin. It’s cooked so crispy that I didn’t even bother to peel the skin off and ate it as is! If you haven’t tried eating shrimp skin-on, don’t be freaked out. You just might love it. Enjoy!
Ikan Kaci-Kaci Bakar Manis
Fresh fish with a sauce similar to belacan sauce. Sweet!
Udang Goreng Telur Asin (Shrimp cooked with salted egg yolk)
I love shrimp. And I love telur asin sauce. This was unexpectedly the best udang goreng telur asin I’ve had in Jakarta, even when compared to fancy Chinese restaurants in town.
Pare Terasi (Bitter Gourd/Bitter Melon cooked in Terasi sauce)
I like terasi, but was never a fan of pare, and I’m still not. But others at the table who liked pare enjoyed it.
Nasi Goreng Tomat
RUMAH MAKAN UJUNG PANDANG
Jl. Pahlawan Seribu
Ruko Versailles Blok FC No. 1 Sektor 1.6
T. (021) 5316 4646 / 4647
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