Manado Escape Trip with Riri – Day 5

The schedule for day 5 was to travel around the city of Manado and visited some tourist attractions. Thatha requested to try Nasi Jaha, so our guide took us to Rumah Kopi Billy, a traditional coffee shop that serves coffee and some snacks. 20141029_075616 20141029_075633

The traditional coffee shops in Manado look similar to those in Pontianak, and maybe this particular coffee shop, Rumah Kopi Billy, has the same reputation as Warung Kopi Asiang in Pontianak. 

Nasi Jaha (Ginger Rice) 20141029_075657

Lalampa – similar to lemper 20141029_080341

Half-boiled egg and black coffee 20141029_080725

The grandma as the cashier; she was very quick and accurate.


Franky wanted to try Bubur Manado, so our guide took us to the second breakfast place: Dego Dego Manado Cafe, which looks much fancier. 20141029_08222520141029_082336

I tried the chestnut layered cake since the colour was very vibrant. The cake was quite nice, not too sweet. It’s not so easy to find pastries with chestnut in Jakarta. 20141029_083028 20141029_083118

Since almost every customer orders Bubur Manado, the waitress came with a cart loaded with many bowls of Bubur Manado. 20141029_084113

To add protein to the Bubur Manado, we ordered Nike Goreng (Nike Fritters) and Cakalang Goreng (Deep Fried Skipjack Tuna).  Both “Nike” and “Cakalang” are types of fish. Nike Goreng contains ubi bete (taro / yam). 20141029_084335 20141029_084501After breakfast, we went to Bukit Kasih in Kawangkoan, which is the symbol of unity of five different religions in Indonesia. Just like the Great Wall of China, there are stairways along the mountain of Bukit Kasih. However, the weather was heavily cloudy and started to rain, so we didn’t finish the trail that required approximately 1.5 hours. Sadly, this place is kind of abandoned, the area looked dry and dirty, which could be why not many tourists are willing to go there. 20141029_113248 20141029_113309There’s a legendary coffee shop with its famous bakpao in Kawangkoan, near Bukit Kasih: Rumah Kopi Gembira. The menu is quite simple just like other traditional coffee shops, such as drinks (coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks), biapong (steamed buns), roti bakar (toasts), pia (pie) and eggs. 20141029_12072420141029_12080920141029_12083520141029_121015

We ordered the two kinds of biapong (steamed buns): Biapong Ba (Pork Steamed Bun) and Biapong Temo (Black Sweetened Beans Steamed Bun). Biapong is Manado word for “bakpao“. 20141029_121155

The steamed buns with pink dots are the Biapong Ba, whereas the bigger bun is the Biapong Temo.


At first I ordered hot tea, but the tea was tasteless, so I ordered another cup of black coffee.

The steaming process and the interior of the coffee shop are very traditional, which might invoke nostalgic feeling to all customers.
20141029_123501There’s a famous coffee shop in Kelapa Gading Jakarta called Kedai Kopi Kwang Koan, which has a very similar concept to this one. I guess the owner of the one in Jakarta is originated from Kawangkoan, Manado, where Rumah Kopi Gembira is.

After visiting Kawangkoan, we went to see the traditional house of Minahasa called Rumah Panggung Woloan. It is very interesting since the structure of the house is made of knock-down woods, which means you just need to purchase a land and stick this structure onto it. The house comes in many different sizes, and you may customise the number of bedrooms according to your needs. I couldn’t take good pictures since it was raining heavily. 20141029_142848

There’s a second largest statue of Jesus Christ in the world located in Citraland Manado. The world’s largest statue of Jesus Christ is in Brazil. 20141029_152045 20141029_152220We went to the hippest shopping mall in Manado: Manado Town Square (Mantos). Judging from the tenants, interior and traffic of the mall, I think Manado is far more developed than Pontianak. 20141029_165823 20141029_170415The chain coffee shops, such as Excelso, Dante and Black Canyon had already entered Manado, whereas in Pontianak, you can only find Excelso. The Excelso in Mantos was one of the prettiest one I’ve ever seen. 20141029_170109

2 thoughts on “Manado Escape Trip with Riri – Day 5

  1. Terima kasih atas kunjungan ibu Tha Tha ke RK Gembira Kawangkoan. Kunjungan ibu dan turis-turis domestik telah membantu mempopulerkan RK kami baik secara lisan maupun tulisan. Semoga ibu berkenan dengan makanan kami. Sebagai tambahan informasi, RK Gembira adalah yang pertama dan tertua di Sulut ( sejak 1946 ). Sejarah kepopuleran Bakpao Kawangkoan dapat dikatakan berawal dari RK kami. Sekarang ini hanya tinggal 3 Rumah Kopi dan Bakpao yang berusia lebih dari 50 tahun di Kawangkoan : Gembira, Torotana dan Sarina. Kami yang asli di Kawangkoan menggunakan merk sendiri, sedangkan yang lain menggunakan istilah Bakpao Kawangkoan.
    Setiap hari Bakpao Gembira dibawa sebagai oleh-oleh baik oleh turis maupun warga Kawanua yg berdomisili di Jakarta maupun kota-kota di Indoneia dan mancanegara. Walaupun banyak bermunculan penjual bakpao Kawangkoan, kecintaan warga Kawanua terhadap Bakpao Gembira rupanya masih kuat.
    Kami sedang mempersiapkan pembukaan cabang pertama di Kelapa Gading Jakarta pada awal 2015 karena kami ingin mendekatkan diri kepada pelanggan kami di Jakarta. Sekiranya ibu berkenan, silahkan datang mencicipi kembali Bakpao kami di Kelapa Gading


  2. Sebagai tambahan informasi, sejarah kepopuleran Bakpao Kawangkoan berasal dari RK Gembira Kawangkoan. Banyak bermunculan rumah kopi dan bakpao yg mengkaitkan diri dengan kawangkoan baik yg memang berasal dari kawangkoan maupun sekadar mengaku orang kawangkoan. Mudah untuk membuktikan keotentikan cerita tersebut karena Kawangkoan hanyalah kota kecil sehingga mudah untuk ditelusuri

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