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Tasty Culinary Attractions of Kandangan

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  1. Malaris's Traditional House

  2. Malaris's Traditional House

  3. Bamboo Rafting at Loksado River

  4. Malaris's Traditional House

  5. Bamboo Rafting at Loksado River

  6. Bamboo Rafting at Loksado River

  7. Malaris Citizen

  8. Dodol Kandangan

  9. Kandangan City Icon

  10. Ketupat Kandangan

  11. Dodol Kandangan Making Process

  12. Lemang Kandangan Making Process

  13. Lemang Kandangan Making Process

  14. Lemang Kandangan Making Process

  15. Lemang Kandangan Making Process

  16. Telur Asin Kandangan Making Process

  17. Kandangan Traditional House



A huge statue in the shape of a “Ketupat” – rice wrapped in coconut leaves - greets those who enter Kandangan, the little capital town of Hulu Sungai Selatan Regency and the staging point to Loksado in the South Kalimantan Province. The monument is not merely a decoration, because it represents that for which the town is best known : the Ketupat Kandangan, a fitting symbol of what the town has to offer: delicious wonders in all sorts of tasty treats.

 Ketupat Kandangan - Indonesia.travel


Situated some 145 Km or approximately 4 to 5 hours’ drive from Banjarmasin, capital of South Kalimantan, Kandangan is the culinary heart of the Banjar ethnic group of South Kalimantan. Its most illustrious cuisine is obviously the iconic Ketupat Kandangan. As in any other culture of the archipelago, ketupat is a traditional way of cooking rice that is wrapped in a rhombus-shaped woven coconut leaves container and then it is boiled instead of steamed. On Java, the Ketupat is normally served only around the end of the Ramadhan fasting month. In Padang, West Sumatra, it accompanies the distinct Minang’s meat skewer called Satay Padang, and in Makassar, it is inseparable from the “Coto Makassar”. But herein Kandangan it is served with a broiled Harawan – a type of river catfish typical to the area – and drenched in coconut sauce with a squeeze of lime.


If you wish to try the full experience of Ketupat Kandangan, then you must eat it the way the local Kandanganers enjoy it: with your bare fingers, without spoon or any other utensils. The cut pieces of ketupat are crushed by hand, and dipped to mix perfectly with the richly flavored sauce. Those who enjoy hot spices can add the chili sauce condiment to their plate. Although it is a typical meal of the Kandangan, one can also find it in many restaurants or food stalls all across South Kalimantan.

 Lemang Kandangan - Indonesia Travel

Lemang Kandangan - Indonesia Travel

Another tasty treat of Kandangan is the Lamang or Lemang. This delicious snack is made from sticky rice and coconut juice. The main ingredients are poured inside bamboo rods which are then roasted over an open fire for 3 to 4 hours. The round soft sticky savory treat is usually served with traditionally processed salted duck eggs, or occasionally with chicken satay or sate ayam.

 Dodol Kandangan - Indonesia.travel

 Dodol Kandangan - Indonesia.travel


For those who enjoy a sweet and smooth taste, there is the Dodol Kandangan. Dodol Kandangan comes in various flavors such as coconut, strawberry, chocolate, Durian, Jackfruit, pineapple, or others. This sweet treat is made from sticky rice and palm sugar stirred into a strong paste then mixed with various ingredients added for the different flavors. You can find these sweet treats in stores or shops or directly from the dodol makers all across town. Kandangan is the only regency in South Kalimantan where Dodol is made.

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