It is inevitable for Southeast Asian kitchens to produce endless galore of sumptuous dishes. From therein come signature dishes like satay, laksa, tom yam, or pho—to name a few. Ubiquity and affordability - and most importantly, the delicate blend of unique spices used, have elevated these dishes to worldwide renown.
Today, the ASEAN Women’s Circle (AWC) organised the “ASEAN Traditional Culinary Festival” at the ASEAN Secretariat to showcase the richness of Southeast Asia’s cuisines. The Festival brought out the bests of traditional dishes from the 10 ASEAN Member States, which were prepared by spouses of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR).
“Within our 10 member states, we boast a very diverse range of cuisine, which is so well-received, that they have travelled far beyond our borders. Thanks to the dedication of our great-great-great grandmothers, who watched religiously over the kitchen over generations, our favorite foods have made us the envy of many people around the world and earned us the reputation of a food heaven on earth,” said H.E. Dr. AKP Mochtan, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs, in his remarks.
True to the ASEAN’s spirit of cooperation, the AWC also embraced spouses of the Dialogue Partners and other Embassies in Jakarta to add flavor and color to this lively, mouth-watering event with samples of traditional dishes from their respective countries.
Aside from promoting appreciation of the region’s richness in traditions and culture, the Festival serves as an important platform for the AWC’s outreach activity. The fund raised during the Festival will be donated for the betterment of street children.
The ASEAN Food Festival is one of the AWC’s flagship programmes. Last year, a similar event was held centering on the theme of “Noodles.”