Indonesian Wonder Sat, 03 Jun 2023 02:44:25 +0700 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Ndoreng Rice

When traveling to Demak, Central Java you can visit many pieces of evidence of the legacy of the spread of Islam on the island of Java. In addition, Demak also has a variety of culinary delights. One of them is Nasi Ndoreng. You can enjoy it when visiting Demak. This dish comes from recipes inherited from the Bintoro Kingdom. The Bintoro Kingdom or Demak Bintoro was the first Islamic kingdom on the island of Java. In its heyday, Ndoreng rice was known as common people's food. At that time, many Demak people liked this food.

Ndoreng rice is called the food of the common people, because the food ingredients can be obtained easily from plantations. The ingredients are banana heart, sweet potato leaves, lamtoro seeds, turi flowers, young melandingan fruit, Chinese petai leaves and cassava leaves. After all, the vegetables are boiled; the dish is then doused with peanut sauce, which has been stir-fried. Next, it is sprinkled with "Uyah Goreng" or Fried Salt which is made from roasted grated coconut sprinkled with salt. These ingredients are then mixed into the rice. The way to serve it is on a banana leaf, which has been made into a cone or what the local people call it "Pincuk".

When eaten, Ndoreng rice tastes delicious and tasty. To make it even more delicious, Ndoreng rice is enjoyed with other complimentary side dishes, such as wet tempe fried sambal, salted or hot fish peanut brittle, fried mendoan, and vegetable bakwan. Sega ndoreng is still commonly found in villages in Demak City. The sellers are mostly elderly women who continue the business of their parents. The price itself is quite cheap; it’s from Rp2500 to Rp3000 (0.16 to 0.23 cents USD)/pincuk.

Indonesian Wonder Fri, 03 Mar 2023 12:02:55 +0700
Merah River

A river usually has clear water color like glass. But what if you see a river whose water is red like blood! Yes, the river with red water really exists in Indonesia; it is located in Barito Regency, Central Kalimantan. In accordance with its color, this river is called ‘Merah River’ or the Dayak people call it Marak River’. The red color comes from contamination of the roots of trees in the forest of Mount Beriun. This forest becomes the headwaters of the river and is very dense in accordance with the characteristics of tropical rains in Kalimantan. The Merah River area is still very beautiful, and it is surrounded by various green vegetation that thrives in the forests of Kalimantan.

According to local people, even though it is red in color, the water of the Merah River is safe for consumption. In addition, according to the myth that develops in the local community, the water of the Merah River is also believed to whiten the skin. Another myth is that if one bathes in this river, all his or her tiredness will disappear because the water is cool. Even so, the Merah River is still sacred by the Dayak tribe, so there are a number of taboos that must be avoided by visitors. One of the taboos or prohibitions is to avoid undressing when bathing in the river. If one doesn’t want to bathe directly in this red river, he or she can visit the tourist village of Pasir Panjang, West Kotawaringin district. There, the people around the village make a red bathing pool that can be enjoyed.

Indonesian Wonder Wed, 25 Jan 2023 12:50:13 +0700
Coto Manggala

Soto, sroto, sauto, tauto, or coto are various names referring to Indonesian aromatic soup which is made from meat broth and vegetables. We can find various types of soto in many areas of Indonesia. For example, in West Kotawaringin, Central Kalimantan. You can find a type of soto called Coto Manggala. In the local language, manggala means cassava, because the type of this soup uses cassava as the main ingredient.


Besides being made from cassava, this soup uses chicken leg. First, boil some pieces of cassava. Then mix chicken leg pieces and spices into the half-boiled cut cassava. The seasoning is made of garlic, pepper and salt. After everything is cooked, this soto is served with chopped celery leaves, fried shallots and sliced ​​boiled eggs. It tastes savory and delicious.


Coto Manggala not only has a distinctive taste, but also has high nutrition and low calories because it is made from cassava. For those of you who are interested in enjoying Coto Manggala, pay a visit to Central Kalimantan, especially to West Kotawaringin. There you will find many Coto Manggala sellers. The price is relatively cheap, Rp15,000 up (1 US dollar) to Rp25,000 (1.6 US dollar) per portion.

Indonesian Wonder Wed, 25 Jan 2023 12:43:02 +0700
Little Ranch Sidomukti

When travelling to Semarang, Central Java, there is a new tourist attraction called Little Ranch Sidomukti which is worth visiting. Little Ranch provides countryside farm with assortments of farm animals like texel sheep, Arabian chicken, rabbits, horses, goats etc., complete with the meadows and dens. The atmosphere will make you feel like you are in a European-like farm. Even the barns and dens, known as Red Barns, are made to resemble those of foreign one. This attraction, is 4 to 6km away from Bandungan square, Semarang city center, and can be reached in 20 minutes driving.

Little Ranch Sidomukti is open daily from 9 AM to 4.30 PM. The entrance fee starts from 25,000 Rupiah per person or around 1.6 US dollar. Entering the ranch, you will feel the cool highland atmosphere, plus the view of foggy mountain range. Here you can feed the animals, ride the horses, stroll around with scooters, electric bikes and even an all-terrain vehicles (ATV), and don’t forget to taste the food at the café near the farm. To enjoy the farm’s scenery, there is a bridge and tower where you can take pictures.

There’s a new feature at Little Ranch Sidomukti with go-green concept called Scooter Explore the Village. This facility enables you to stroll around and enjoy the village-like scenery with environmental-friendly vehicle. Besides, there is educational tour linear to the Merdeka Curriculum. The Merdeka Curriculum includes a curriculum structure focusing on the essential materials that gives flexibility for teachers to teach according to the students’ needs and characteristics. The educational tour offered at Little Ranch Sidomuktiare farming, gardening, and profession learning for school children.

Indonesian Wonder Tue, 03 Jan 2023 12:07:21 +0700
Kima Atas waterfall in North Sulawesi

Kima Atas Waterfall is the most beautiful water tourism in Manado City, North Sulawesi. This becomes the residents' favorite recreational destination. This waterfall has a natural panorama that can spoil the eyes. Kima Atas Waterfall is located in Kima Atas village, Mapanget district, Manado city. The location is about 10 kilometers from Sam Ratulangi airport, and 15 kilometers from downtown of Manado City and can be accessed by personal or public motor vehicles. This waterfall can be reached within 50 minutes from downtown of Manado city by land transportation. This waterfall has three steps and a height of about 8 meters. Under the waterfall. there is a reservoir of water that forms a pool so that visitors can swim in the area. The panorama around this waterfall is very beautiful, and it is surrounded by green trees so that the atmosphere is cool and calm. The water flows into the clean Kima river and empties into the Manado beach.


The water flow from the Upper Kima Waterfall is not too heavy, because there is a plain, which makes this waterfall look like to have levels. The water that comes down from above will indeed hit layers of rocks before going down to the bottom so that the resulting water flow is not too heavy. Therefore, you can swim and enjoy the flow of water from the waterfall directly in the water reservoir. There are several places that are quite deep, and this place is suitable for those of you who are proficient at swimming. If you are not good at swimming, you can just play in the water around shallow areas.

If you don't want to swim, you can roll out a mat and sit around the waterfall to enjoy the rushing water. At the location of this waterfall, there are trees that are quite dense and large. If you want to stay overnight, there are quite a lot of inns here, because the location is not too far from downtown of Manado, of course there will be many inns with a variety of prices there.

Indonesian Wonder Tue, 03 Jan 2023 12:01:54 +0700
Zoological Museum

Traveling while seeking knowledge can be a way to find a new atmosphere for you and your family. It would be good if you take a walk to a museum that collects various animals.The museum is called the Zoological Museum located in Bogor, West Java, and it has collections related to the animal world, such as various preserved specimens and animal fossils. The museum is divided into two; the first one is open every day to the public, which contains an exhibition hall located on Jln Ir. H. Juanda No. 9 Bogor. The second one has a collection site and it is only opened to the public once a year in October. This is located at the Cibinong Science Centerpreciselyon Jakarta - Bogor Main Road Km.46 Cibinong, Bogor, West Java.

Initially, the museum was a zoological laboratory under the nam eLandbouw Zoologisch Laboratoriumwhich was founded on August 23rd, 1894, and it was the idea of J. C. Koningsberger, a Dutch botanist. This laboratory was established as a research facility related to agriculture and zoology. In 1906, the name changed toZoologisch MuseumandWekplaats. In 1910, it changed again toZoologisch Museum en Laboratorium. The museum has 24 collection rooms and it was occupied in 1997, with construction funded by grants from the World Bank and Japan. The collection of the Zoological Museum located at the Widyasatwaloka building, Cibinong Science Center covers 3.5% of the total fauna species found in Indonesia. From the diversity of fauna in Indonesia, only 0.05% of animal samples (specimens) are owned by the Zoology Department, Biology Research Center of LIPI.

This museum stores hundreds of millions of specimens from tens of thousands of species. However, the collection is still limited to terrestrial and freshwater animals and invertebrates. The collection here is estimated to be no more than 10% of Indonesia's biodiversity. So if you want to know and you are curious more about the existence of animals on earth, and their history, make sure the Zoological Museum  is one of your tourism destinations.

Indonesian Wonder Thu, 29 Dec 2022 10:20:29 +0700
Jalakotek, typical culinary from Majalengka, West Java

Every region in Indonesia has its own unique cuisine. One of them is Jalakotek from Majalengka, West Java. Majalengka is a district which is about 95 kilometers from Bandung City.


Jalakotek that is a typical snack from Majalengka is so popular. The shape of this cake is like a pastel and it has a salty, sweet, savory and spicy taste. Jalakotek itself is made from a mixture of wheat flour and tapioca flour for the outer skin, while the inside is filled with stir-fried tofu, minced chicken, bean sprouts, carrots and chili sauce. The taste is savory and delicious, making this snack one of the family's favorite snacks to accompany tea.


Jalakotek, which is a typical Majalengka snack, is very popular from parents to children. Besides, the ingredients are easy to find, making Jalakotek is also easy. The ingredients needed to make the layer are tapioca flour, wheat flour, salt, flavoring and hot water. All the ingredients are mixed by adding hot water little by little until the texture is chewy. Afterwards,  the dough is spread thinly with a diameter of about 10 centimeters. As for the filling, you need tofu and chopped carrots and garlic, bird's eye chili, salt, powdered sugar, ground, stir-fry the ingredients for the filling until cooked, after that wrap the filling in the skin and shape it like a patty or dumpling.


After being fried, Jalakotek is usually sprinkled with additional spices, such as dried chili powder and additional chili sauce. This dish is  so delicious when eaten freshly fried. Apart from being delicious, in Majalengka, you can easily find Jalakotek everywhere, such as at traditional markets, at school area vendors, at hawker centers, fried shops and also at shops selling various kinds of snacks. The prices are quite pocket-friendly.


If you are in Indonesia, West Java area, and not far from Majalengka, please try to taste this Jalakotek snack.

Indonesian Wonder Tue, 27 Dec 2022 12:58:08 +0700
Garuda Wisnu Kencana

The Cultural Park of Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) is one of favoritetourismdestinations in Bali.IndonesianPresident, Joko Widodo and the heads ofG20delegationcameto the welcoming dinner at Lotus Pond area as a part of the G20 Summit schedule onTuesday (15/11). Actually, there were some destinations recommendedby President Joko Widodo. But, GWK was chosen because of the uniqueness and the great distinctiveness from this recreational area.

GWK was designed by Nyoman Nuartain1980s. It took a long time for the GWK idea to be accepted by the public. At first, people assumed the construction project of GWK was uneconomical. In 1997, this project was started. On 22 September 2018, this cultural park whichcovers60 hectareswidewas officially opened byPresident oko Widodo. The height of GWK whichcovers120 meters is the distinctiveness of one of the favoritetourismdestinations in Bali. The statue becomes an icon of civilization which is timeless. The statue made of copper, steel, and brass depicts the God of Hinduism, Vishnu, riding on Garuda. On the shoulder of Vishnu, there is an ornament made of thousands of pieces of gold mosaic glass.Theornament called 'Badong' is also attached to the crown and chest of the statue.

As the venue for the welcoming dinner, Lotus Pond is the largest landmark in GWK known as the main square. The outdoor area can accommodate up to 7,500 people. The wide expanse of the courtyard looks very majestic with limestone cliffs liningup on eitherleft or rightside. The view at that point is even more captivating with the presence of a Garuda statue at one end of the line of limestone cliffs. Stepping into the main door of Lotus Pond,there is Tirta Agung (holy water). There, visitors can also find a carved stone wall (relief) which contains the story of Garuda Wisnu Kencana until it finally became the carriage of Vishnu, Hindus believe him to be the guardian deity of the universe. The lotus symbolizes beauty, prosperity and fertility, andthis isalways carriedin the hands of Vishnu. Although the lotus has roots in the mud,on the surface it blooms into a beautiful flower and becomes a symbol of humanity and cosmos. From inside the GWK statue, tourists are now spoiled with different experiences, from the ground floor of the statue to the top of the 23rd floor.

Indonesian Wonder Sat, 10 Dec 2022 15:04:01 +0700

It is an incomplete vacation to Yogyakarta without visiting Malioboro, which is already very popular with tourists. Malioboro is the name of the main street that divides Yogyakarta City. Located between Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat and Tugu Pal Putih, Malioboro Street is a paradise for souvenirs, shopping and culinary tourism. At night along, Malioboro Street will be more crowded because many artists express their abilities, such as music, pantomime, painting and others. The pedestrian path equipped with several seats has been prepared by the Yogyakarta City Government so that domestic and foreign tourists are more comfortable and enjoyful with the atmosphere of Malioboro. The Malioboro area is always crowded with tourists, even if you don't shop, Malioboro is indeed very nicely captured using a camera. However, over the last 10 years, the Provincial Government of the Special Region of Yogyakarta has begun to make improvements and structured, and beautified the Malioboro street area.

Malioboro itself comes from the Sanskrit Malyabhara which means bouquet of flowers. There are also some experts who argue that the origin of the name Malioboro comes from the name of a British colonial named Marlborough who lived in Yogyakarta from 1811 until 1816. The Dutch East Indies government built Malioboro as a central area of the economy and government in the early 19th century. It became popular in the colonial era. There is another history about Malioboro Street which became a witness of the struggle for Indonesian independence. There was a great battle between the Indonesian fighters and the Dutch colonial troops, known as the General Offensive on March 1, 1949. The Red and White Troops succeeded in conquering the Dutch and occupying Yogyakarta after six hours of fighting.

Malioboro continues to grow up to date. By retaining the original concept, Malioboro has become the center of life for the people of Yogya. The local government is now continuing to make improvements in a bid to organize Malioboro into a comfortable area to visit. For the convenience of tourists, the street vendors, who have been decorating the shopping corridors along Jalan Malioboro have now been moved to a special place on Teras Malioboro 1 and 2. Besides being famous for culinary and souvenir tours, the Malioboro area is now listed as a Carnival tourism area. This is also inseparable from the successful implementation of the 2022 Jogja Fashion Carnival entitled "Abiwada Arsana" held on October 15, 2022.


]]> (Maryati) Indonesian Wonder Sat, 29 Oct 2022 13:50:34 +0700
Nato Hill in South Sulawesi

Nato hill is located 7 kilometers from Rantepao, the capital city of North Toraja. It takes about 25 minutes by car. The access to Nato Hill is also easy because you can use public transportation, commonly known as pete-pete, or ojek transportation. To get to North Toraja from Makassar City, it can be accessed by land or air transportation. Being on Nato Hill, you will see the beautiful panorama of Toraja from a height.


Being satisfied with enjoying the beauty of the natural panorama, you can spend time sitting around while enjoying the fresh hill air. For those who like to take pictures, Nato Hill offers a number of very interesting selfie points. One of the most popular ones is the Hobbit House . You can also enjoy the sensation of taking pictures on a pedicab with a natural background and clouds above an altitude of 1,300 meters above sea level, which has been provided by the local management. If you are not satisfied, there are still colorful hammocks as a place to relax or take selfies.


To travel to Nato Hill, you will also be provided with educational facilities in the form of a Reading House, a library designed to look like a natural building in the middle of a forest. There are hundreds of titles ready to read while enjoying the scenery and the surrounding atmosphere. For those who want to spend the night in this area, you can set up a tent. Many tourists spend the night in Nato Hill to be able to see the beautiful sunrise from the top of this hill.

]]> (Maryati) Indonesian Wonder Sat, 29 Oct 2022 13:48:23 +0700