ASEAN Festival 2015: A food tour to the South EastSunday, May 03, 2015
The Katara Cuktural Village Foundation has organized the ASEAN Festival in collaboration with the ASEAN to promote the Southeast Asian Countries. It was held from April 30-May 2. I heard about it the last minute, but we were very lucky to catch it on its last day.
The festival included several activities such as cultural shows, tourism promotion, handicrafts and food stalls. Each country had its own tourism, handicraft and food stall & there was a stage where performers from each country could showcase their cultural talents.
We passed by the tourism stalls, deciding to go back to those after the food stalls.
We tried to have a bit of food from each country but unfortunately, we were so full after four. Here are some of the food the we devoured on...
|SINGAPORE - Deep Fried Shrimp QR12|
|SINGAPORE - Thosai with Sambar QR8|
|PHILIPPINES - Tokneneng QR10|
|THAILAND - Chicken Satai QR10|
This is our favorite from all the food that we tried. The peanut sauce was perfect. I kept telling Raymond how much I loved it even when we were on our way home. And he goes "Yes, you've told me ten times in the past 10 minutes."
|THAILAND - Tom Yam (Prawn) QR20|
|INDONESIA - Cendol QR10|
And after all that food, we didn't have enough space in our tummies to get through Malaysia (they were offering roasted chicken with rice and some sort of refreshment very similar to the halo-halo) and Brunei (who were selling nasi goreng). Boohoo! All-in-all, we paid QR70.
So we went ahead to the stage area to watch the performers.
We were lucky enough to catch the performers from the Philippines. They were a group of dancers from Manila called the Kaloob dance Troupe. They did a performance about courtship and marriage, a very romantic piece.
After all that food and show, we headed for the Singapore tourism booth, as we were scheduled to got there in a few couple of months. The Singaporean lady we talked to was very helpful, she gave us a map of Singapore and boxes of Chicken Curry Paste. Now, I have to find time and try to cook that.
So that was our little ASEAN food tour. I wish I could tell you guys to try and go but unfortunately, yesterday was their last day. Let's just hope that they do it again next year, and try to make it last at least 5 days to a week.