Food, culture, and great camaraderie highlighted the “Asean Culinary Delights” food fair, held recently at the SMX Convention Center of SM Aura Premier. A project of the Asean Ladies Foundation (ALF), the food fair featured the cuisine from the 10-member Asean countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines, highlighting dishes from the cookbook Asean Culinary Delights.
ALF chairman Gretchen del Rosario and President Mano Hirubalan led the ribbon cutting ceremony together with members of the Asean diplomatic corps. Asean Food Fair Committee chairman Julie Heidemann, second secretary of the Malaysian Embassy Neevia Kurup, and SM senior vice president for Marketing Millie Dizon joined the ceremony.
From the diplomatic community, attendees included Brunei Ambassador Datin Paduka Malai Halimah Yussof; Cambodia Ambassador Tuot Panha; Indonesian Ambassador Johnny Lumintang and his wife, Madame Sonya; Laos Ambassador Malayvieng Sakonhninhom; Myanmar Ambassador Ye Myint Aung; Singaporean Ambassador Hirubalan VP with Madame Mano; Thailand Ambassador Prasas Prasasvinitchai with Madame Sandra; and Vietnam Ambassador Truong Trieu Duong and Madame Dinh Thi Thu Huong.
During the event, guests and mall spectators had the rare opportunity to taste authentic culinary specialties from Southeast Asian countries that have become global foodie favorities. Some dishes that were prepared during the event includes Sate Pentul from Indonesia, Onde Onde from Malaysia, Laksa and Chicken Rice from Singapore, Chicken Relleno from the Philippines, and Beef Noodle Soup from Vietnam.
The event also gave shoppers a taste of delightful yet rarely sampled regional specialties such as the Rempeyek and Keripit from Brunei, Kuih Bakar or Baked Custard from Malaysia, Ohn-nho- khauk swe Soup from Myannmar, as well signature dishes from Laos.
There was also a cooking demo by Brunei’s Zaiton HJ Abu Talip with her own Kerabu
Jantung Pisang or Banana Heart Salad; Indonesia’s Lily The with her own version of Rendang; the Philippines’ very own Bea Nitard with her Slow cooked Beef Belly Adobo and Fiddlehead Fern Salad, and Thailand’s Supattra Subbun with her own version of Yamm Tua Pu.
The audience also enjoyed the cultural performances like the Saman Dance from the Indonesian Little Children group, the Laotian Cultural Dancers, and the Angklung Ensemble from the Philippines.
The proceeds of the event is donated to assist in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of typhoon-ravaged areas in the Visayas.