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Chinese VIPs sample Pinoy cuisine at PHL food fest in Shanghai

September 6, 2013 8:59pm
Instead of being treated to dimsum and noodles, Chinese guests at an event sponsored by the Philippine Consul General in China had a taste of signature Filipino dishes like lechon kawali and chicken inasal.

The event was the opening night of the Philippine Food Festival, dubbed as “Flavors of the Philippines,” which was attended by more than 100 dignitaries from the local governments of Shanghai, Anhui, Hubei, and Zhejiang, as well as from consular corps and the business sector.

Aside from Filipino food, traditional music and folk dance also highlighted the event, which was held at the Hilton Hotel in Shanghai.

The week-long food festival, which will run until September 8, is part of the 2011-2013 Philippines-China Years of Friendly Exchanges, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in a statement.

In his opening remarks, Consul General Charles Jose said Philippine cuisine's distinct flavor resulted not just from Filipinos' ingenuity in the kitchen, but also from centuries of influence from China, Spain and other Southeast Asian countries.

The all-Filipino menu for the night, prepared by veteran Filipino chef Myrna Segismundo, consisted of lumpiang sariwa, kinilaw and ensaladang tinapa for appetizer; sopas molo for soup; ginataang sugpo, chicken inasal, lechon kawali and laing for the main dishes; and turones de manila, halo-halo and budin for dessert.

Members of the Chinese press sampled adobo earlier that day at lunch during the ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the hotel's Atrium Cafe. Xianne Arcangel/KBK, GMA News
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