02 March 2015




A few weeks ago when browsing the freezer section in the chinese winkel in Eindhoven, I saw dried salted anchovies! I don't know if I have missed it all these years or they just came in the store but what the fudge?! I'm going to make bubur manado! I was so happy when I found them. After taking the photos and finally enjoying the food, I couldn't help but to have a big smile in my face. I finally made bubur manado! 
This dish hold such a special place in my heart. When I was little I had such a struggle eating this, probably because it only consists of veggies. As I grew older, I could not wait for Sunday lunch, my Mam makes them on Sundays and we'd enjoy it after church. I don't know if it's pretty common in manadonese family to eat bubur manado on Sundays, but from what I remember whenever I visit my extended family on Sundays, we always ended up eating bubur manado. You always serve bubur manado with a side of sambal roa and fried fish. Or, if you have extra leftovers of proteins like babi rica

Manadonese Vegetable Porridge Recipe | Resep Bubur Manado:
Serves 4 - 6
  • 1 Large pan
  • 2 Liters of water
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass
  • 1 medium shallot, sliced
  • 500 gr sweet potato, diced
  • 1 corn cob
  • 200 gr of rice
  • 100 gr yard long beans or string beans
  • 100 gr kangkung leaves (substitute with spinach if you can't find kangkung) 
  • Fried anchovies
  • Fried Fish
  • Sambal
  • In a large pan, add in the water, lemongrass, sweet potato and corn. Bring to boil and let simmer for another 15 minute. 
  • Wash the rice and add in to the pan, let cook for 15 minutes on high heat or until your rice becomes soft. 
  • Add in the long beans and kangkung (or spinach) and cook for another 5 minutes. 
  • Stir the porridge to mix the vegetables with the porridge and then it's ready to serve!


  1. Looks fantastic! The combination of lemon grass and the fresh green beans are delicious.


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