Manila savors authentic Indonesian cuisine
Good food for a good cause. Simply Delicious. These were the inspirations of the Indonesian Food Festival that SM Megamall ushered in its cross-cultural event this month.
Mallgoers had the rare opportunity to savor authentic Indonesian cuisine in this joint project of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and the mammoth retail store.
Held at the Event Center, the food fest featured Indonesian culinary specialties from different restaurants and brands with the theme “Simply Delicious.”
Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Johny J. Lumintang, his wife Madame Sonya Lumintang, Indonesian Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Ade Petranto, and his wife Ira led the ribbon cutting for the opening of food festival.
Guests enjoyed Indonesian specialties like Martabak or stuffed pancake; Telur Pindang or cracked hardboiled eggs boiled again in spices; and Sate Ayam or grilled marinated chicken in sauce.
Foodies also enjoyed Shrimp Laksa Spicy Noodle Soup; Batagor or Indonesian Steamed and Fried Fish Siomai, Beef Rendang or spicy beef; Oseng-Oseng Tempe Tahu or stir fry Tofu and Tempeh, a traditional Indonesian soy product; Ayam Goreng or fried chicken; Batagor or fried fish dumplings with sauce; and Bakso meatballs.
Mallgoers also sampled of Indonesian drinks such as Kopiko 78 Coffee Latte, Reddimart Multi-Resources P.T. Sosro Fruit Tea and Luwak White Koffie.
Indonesian companies participated in the food festival: Bakmi Nyonya, Bakso Lap. Tembak-Solo, Bali Ayu, Family Meatball Station, Koki Indo, Kopiko, Martabak Halal Indo Food, Martabak House, Reddimart Multi-Resources, Waroeng Coffee Shop, Warung Indo Cuisine, and Warung Warung.
The event not only highlighted great food, but also great camaraderie, with the presence of ASEAN diplomats. These included H.E. Laos Ambassador Phoxay Khaykhamphitoune, H.E. Vietnam Ambassador Truong Trieu Duong, H.E. Cambodian Ambassador Tuot Panha, H.E. Myanmar Ambassador Ye Myint Aung, H.E. Singapore Ambassador Kok Li Peng, and H.E. Timor Leste Ambassador Juvencio De Jesus Martins. The Malaysian Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission (Charge d’affaires) Akmad Mustafa was also present.
The food festival likewise featured cultural performers from Indonesian Embassy as well as students from The Learning Tree Child Growth Center, who rendered traditional Filipino songs and played the angklung, an Indonesian musical instrument.
It was good food for a good cause as it also aimed to raise funds for the benefit of The Ursuline Sisters of Roman Union in Fairview, Quezon City, a charitable institution for children with special needs and the Ibnu Khaldun Integrated School, a Muslim school in Maharlika Village, Taguig City.