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ASEAN-Korea summit to offer bilateral culinary culture
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2019-11-08 03:07:40
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By Kang Seung-woo

On Nov. 25 and 26, leaders of Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will flock to the Korean port city of Busan for the ASEAN-Korea Commemorative Summit to mark the 30th anniversary of the partnership between the two sides.

It will be a landmark event representing the government's New Southern Policy, which is President Moon Jae-in's initiative proclaimed in 2017 to enhance relations with ASEAN member nations. In addition, the inaugural Mekong-Korea summit will also be held there, Nov. 27.

However, the summit, the third of its kind, will not just be the place for them to discuss political and economic issues, as various special events to promote the culinary cultures of ASEAN nations as well as Korea are scheduled to take place on the sidelines of the summit.

The events include the ASEAN-Korea Food Street, the ASEAN-Korea Final Hansik Contest and the ASEAN-Korea Fermented Food Culture Forum. Visitors and participants will have a chance to experience the food culture of Korea and the 10-member regional political and economic community consisting of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

ASEAN-Korea Food Street

Busan, the host city of the summit, will hold ASEAN-Korea Food Street to help boost understanding of cultures of the participating countries.

Participants in a preliminary round of the 'hansik' (Korean cuisine) contest in Singapore cook food in this July photo. Winners of the preliminary round in eight ASEAN countries will come to Korea for the ASEAN-Korea Final Hansik Contest to be held in Seoul, Nov. 26. / Courtesy of Korean Food Promotion Institute
The culinary event is scheduled to run from Nov. 15 to 27 at the Busan Cultural Complex Center for Youth and the city expects the event to draw some 20,000 people, including chefs from Korea and the ASEAN countries, caterers and food industry businesspeople as well as citizens. The opening ceremony will be held at 4 p.m., Nov. 15.

While pop-up stores selling Korean and Southeast Asian foods will be set up during the event, live culture shows will be held, where chefs from those countries will present live cooking performances and talk shows about food. Also, musicians will give busking performances and there will be a quiz show regarding Korea and the ASEAN countries.

A flea market and other additional events are also scheduled during the Food Street period.

ASEAN-Korea Final Hansik Contest

Winners of the contest of hansik, or Korean cuisine, from eight ASEAN countries will come to Korea for the ASEAN-Korea Final Hansik Contest, where they will show off their cooking skills with Korean food.

Earlier this year, the competition held preliminary rounds in eight countries ― Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos and Thailand ― and the final will be held on Nov. 26 at the Korean Cuisine Cultural Center in the K-Style Hub in central Seoul.

The contest, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Korean Food Promotion Institute, is aimed at raising awareness of Korea's food, traditions, history and culture and also encouraging contestants to think outside the box by trying to blend Korean food into each ASEAN people's tastes.

Each participant will be given 60 minutes to cook Korean food and after that, a presentation will be made in terms of originality, globalization, passion for Korean food and culture along with a question-and-answer session. The contestants will be evaluated based on taste, composition, hygiene, plating and degree of difficulty along with presentation.

Winning the food contest will not be the only task for the participants.

According to the summit preparatory office, they will have opportunities to experience Korea's cuisine and culture with a variety of programs during their stay.

"The contestants plan to tour Korean traditional markets and have a lecture about Korean food culture and local ingredients," an official of the Korean Food Promotion Institute said.

"In addition, they will visit the Sool (liquor) Gallery, night markets and modern and traditional Korean restaurants, while tasting the nation's famous street foods."

The gallery offers a free Korean traditional liquor tasting and is a tasty opportunity to learn more about the country, according to the official.

Also on the sidelines of the commemorative summit, there will be an exhibition featuring the rice of ASEAN nations. It will be held from Nov. 18 to 30 at the Korean Cuisine Cultural Center.

"Given that a dietary commonality between Korea and the ASEAN member nations is rice, rice has been selected as the main theme for the exhibition," the official said.

The emblem of the ASEAN features 10 rice stalks representing the member states and their commitment to friendship and solidarity.

"The meaning of rice to each country and their food made with rice will be on display in photos and videos to share the various rice cultures of the Asian region," the official added.

ASEAN-Korea Fermented Food Culture Forum

The ASEAN-Korea Fermented Food Culture Forum, scheduled for Nov. 26 at the aT Center in southern Seoul, is expected to serve as the venue to explore the value of "jang," or traditional Korean soy-fermented sauce or paste, and the ASEAN member nations' fermented food products.

According to the Korean Food Promotion Institute, 200 food industry officials, scholars and researchers are expected to attend the one-day event.

Six experts on fermentation will address the forum, including Shin Dong-hwa, an emeritus professor of Chonbuk National University; Tran Duc Anh Son of Vietnam's Tao Dan Thu Quan Books Company; Wida Winarno, founder of the Indonesian Tempeh Movement; Ekachai Chukeatirote, professor of Thailand's Mae Fah Luang University; and M. Shahrim Ab Karim, a professor at Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Participants in a preliminary round of the 'hansik' (Korean cuisine) contest in Singapore cook food in this July photo. Winners of the preliminary round in eight ASEAN countries will come to Korea for the ASEAN-Korea Final Hansik Contest to be held in Seoul, Nov. 26. / Courtesy of Korean Food Promotion Institute
Cafe ASEAN, a coffee truck serving coffee using beans from the ASEAN countries, began its service in Gwangju, Thursday, as culture ministers' meeting between Korea and the ASEAN countries was held. / Courtesy of Preparatory Office for the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit

Coffee Truck

Also, as part of efforts to celebrate the commemorative summit, Cafe ASEAN, a coffee truck serving coffee using beans from the ASEAN countries, will operate until Nov. 27 nationwide. The vehicle will be parked at places near summit-related events and in areas with large floating populations as well as local events.

Those who visit the trucks can enjoy its "ASEAN coffee" free of charge, and the organizer says it will be the only chance for people in Korea to have coffee that blends beans from the 10 ASEAN countries.

However, free coffee does not mean providing "tasteless" coffee as a renowned Korean barista will serve the unique coffee.

Its first stop was in Gwangju, where a culture ministers meeting between Korea and the ASEAN countries was held, Thursday. In addition, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will participate in the event that will take place at Cheonggye Plaza in central Seoul, today. The Coffee Truck will return to Seoul at Gwanghwamun Square, Nov. 13, when celebrities will be invited.

출처: 코리아 타임즈(The Korea Times)
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