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Tasteful Roti Mantao from the City of Parepare in South Sulawesi

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First of all, you must be wondering where Parepare City is. It is located in the South of Sulawesi and is three hours drive away from Makassar. If we plan to go to Toraja or Palopo, it will be along the way.

Second, you must be wondering, what about Roti Mantao? So, not long after the nomination list of API Awards 2021 was released, I caught myself in surprise looking at the list. I never knew a city in Indonesia that produces Roti Mantao and apparently is recommended and favored by the locals.

Pertama-tama, mungkin terlintas di benak, Kota Parepare itu di mana? Kota Parepare itu ternyata terletak di Sulawesi Selatan, sekitar tiga jam perjalanan dari Kota Makassar dengan mobil. Kalau kita menuju Toraja atau Palopo, kemungkinan besar kita akan melewati Kota Parepare.

Kedua, mungkin juga teman-teman berpikir, ada apa dengan Roti Mantao? Jadi ceritanya tidak lama setelah daftar nominasi API Award 2021 diumumkan, saya sendiri lumayan terkejut melihat daftar nominasi yang ada. Saya tidak pernah tahu bahwa di Indonesia ada satu kota yang terkenal dengan Roti Mantaonya dan sangat direkomendasikan.

What is Roti Mantao

Mantao or ้ฅ…้ ญ /้ฆ’ๅคด is a steamed bun without filling. It is usually eaten plain or with some spread or as a substitute for rice. In Singapore, when eating Chilli Crab, people like to eat it by dipping the bun in the sauce of Chilli Crab. The bun absorbs the sauce, which makes it delicious.

My Mom used to buy frozen Mantao from the supermarket and heat them for our breakfast. Halve it and have it with peanut butter or chocolate spread; it is indeed a treat. It is one of my favorite breakfasts to have.

Roti Mantao adalah semacam roti kukus tanpa isi. Biasanya dikonsumsi begitu saja atau dengan selai, atau dimakan sebagai pengganti nasi. Di Singapore, ketika makan masakan Chilli Crab, orang-orang suka makan Roti Mantao dengan mencelupkannya ke saus pedasnya. Sausnya akan meresap ke Roti Mantao, dan itu yang membuatnya semakin enak.

Mama saya dulu sering membeli Roti Mantao yang sudah dibekukan di supermarket. Kemudian Mama akan memanaskannya dengan cara dikukus dan disajikan sebagai sarapan. Saya suka memakannya dengan selai kacang. Kadang suka dengan selai coklat dengan cara mengolesnya di Roti Mantao yang sudah saya potong setengah bagian tengahnya. Enak!

Roti Mantao from the City of Parepare

All began with a family that opens up a kiosk in front of their house selling snacks and drinks. Later on, they got an idea to sell Mantao in addition to what they have already been selling. Unexpectedly, it is so well-received by the people around and becomes one of the must-try or must buy food when going to Parepare. Mantao Pare, that is how they name it.

Currently, they are stores selling Mantao Pare outside of the city itself, such as in Makassar. Even so, I think the best is still to try the Mantao Pare right in the City of Parepare. They have their own ways to enjoy the Mantao Pare. Such as topped it up with chocolate glaze and chopped peanuts, green tea flavor, strawberry, and many more. They also eat Mantao like a sandwich, with meats and vegetables for the savory way.

Semua bermula dari satu keluarga yang membuka warung di depan rumah, menjual makanan ringan dan minuman. Kemudian, terpikir oleh Bapak pemilik warung untuk membuat Roti Mantao untuk dijual. Tidak disangka, ternyata Roti Mantao buatannya disukai banyak orang. Dan sekarang, setiap orang yang berkunjung ke Kota Parepare direkomendasikan untuk mencoba Mantao Pare. Begitu mereka menamainya.

Tidak hanya di Kota Parepare. Sekarang ini, sudah tersedia toko-toko yang juga menjual Mantao Pare di Kota Makassar. Sehingga orang yang tidak berencana ke Parepare, juga tetap bisa mencobanya. Tentunya saya rasa, akan lebih baik kalau bisa menikmati Mantao Pare di Kota Parepare-nya langsung. Berbagai kreasi cara menyantap Mantao Pare dilakukan. Misalkan dengan selai coklat ditambah dengan taburan kacang yang dicincang, atau juga dengan selai green tea, strawberry, dan sebagainya. Ada juga yang membuatnya jadi berupa sandwich dengan tambahan sayur dan daging.

Roti Mantao Pare in the Nomination List of API Awards 2021

From what I heard, although there are many Mantao sold elsewhere, there is something unique about Mantao Pare besides it is certainly delicious! I can not describe how it tastes like since I have never tried it before. From the responses and the crowds in the store shown on the YouTube video I share above, I bet it must be fluffy and tasty.

So, what do you think about Mantao Pare? If you would like to support them in API Awards 2021, do vote for them!

Dari apa yang saya dengar, meskipun Mantao bisa ditemukan dan dijual di tempat yang lain, akan tetapi, Mantao Pare ini beda rasanya. Saya tidak bisa menjelaskan perbedaannya karena saya sendiri belum pernah mencobanya. Kalau dilihat dari keramaian di toko seperti yang terlihat di video YouTube yang saya bagiakan di atas, saya yakin, Mantao Pare pasti enak.

Jadi bagaimana menurutmu tentang Mantao Pare? Yuk! Dukung Mantao Pare di ajang nominasi API Awards 2021!

#1 via SMS

Type API 1H and send to 99386. One SMS equals two votes. Send as many as you want!

#2 via Instagram

Follow @ayojalanjalnindonesia and search for the feed post as shown. Give a like/love, and you are done! One like equals one vote

#3 via YouTube

Not available for Mantao Pare.

The voting period is open from July 1st to October 31st, 2021.

Don’t miss the chance to support your favorite nomination in the API Awards 2021! Every vote counts!

Tracy Chonghttps://about.me/chongtracy
I love nature and I wish to swim with whales one day. If I am not exploring and working in front of my laptop, most likely I will spend the day trying out new recipes or spending time with family or friends.

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