Dapur Roa (1) : Local Manado Food

So, couple weeks ago I’ve received a word from my friend about this place. It’s a Manado restaurant near my place and they also serve Chinese food. The restaurant is called Dapur Roa (Roa kitchen) which is from the name of a fish with the same name. This fish is probably pretty famous in Manado. I’ll show you the map of this restaurant at the end of the post but it’s a little bit inaccurate. I’ll give the fixed position along with the map later.


This restaurant was a little bit small and only have about 5 sets of table available. It’s a two stories building with the upper floor being a vape store. I’m sorry I couldn’t get the picture of the place but I got the food very clearly. Since the place is small, they only put 3 sets of table inside and 2 others at sidewalk in front of the building. Restaurant banner was not really noticeable from the street but if you see a bright restaurant near the T-junction (which I’m going to explain later), that’s it. It’s colorful inside so you might not miss it that easily.

What We’ve Got At Dapur Roa

That night at Dapur Roa I tried the Manadonese porridge. I’ve never tried one so far and I was craving for one. The curiousity put me at the highest level about this cuisine though. Anyway, this Manadonese porridge was a little bit far from what I really expected. It’s not about taste but the presentation instead.

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At first I thought the porridge would be thick but instead it’s more like soup though. As you can see there, the soup was yellow which I assume it’s from turmeric. You can taste thick flavor of the spices and I think it’s almost like Padang curry but more watery. Moreover, for a bowl of this porridge, there were no side dish inside. It was a soup with porridge, soup, and bunch of cassava leaves, and some water spinach (I think). Bunch of delicious leaves. I think they need to manage the composition a little bit. In fact, I got sambal and few slices of roa fish which I really love. The sambal taste savory and it was my first time trying such sambal. Those slices of roa fish was incredible but they need to add more, definitely. It was chewy and salty, probably too salty for some people but for me it’s just perfect.

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Another Dish At Dapur Roa

My friend ordered some kind of rica-rica chicken. I was allowed to taste a bit so, yeah, I think I know a little bit about that dish.

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Ok, so it’s a package deal with a portion of rice, side dish with Chinese style, cap cai, and the chicken itself. First of all, I’m not really a fan of that chicken not because it tasted bad but it’s medium spicy :|. I only tasted like literally a small slice and the spiciness reach my throat in an instant. Probably some of  you who can and like to handle spicy food would love this. Chicken was a little bit salty but more to bland since, I think, it’s just steamed. The spices had chilies, onions, and garlic on it so the flavor came out pretty strong.

I’ll Be Back..

So, I’m putting that (1) at the title since I’ve visited this place twice and probably more in the future. I love food with strong taste. It’s just too bad I can’t handle spicy food since usually traditional food from Kalimantan/Sulawesi/Sumatera come with strong spicy ingredients. Anyway, I’m gonna call it a day (well I’m writing this at midnight), visit this blog regularly for foodie and gaming reviews, follow my IG account @bitethefood, leave me some comments at the comment section below, and see you next time.

NOTE : Map is a little inaccurate, the real place is only 2 houses away from ‘Burjo Panghegar Cafe’ (north of the pinpointed location)



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