One of my closest blog friends Sarah is currently in Indonesia, so it came as a surprise when I got an event a bit related to it. It's a 2-day expo at the Glorietta Activity Center last July 25-26 to showcase Wonderful Indonesia in all its many aspects: From food, to housewares, to education, etcetera.
When I went to the venue last Tuesday, there was a cooking demo. They prepared Nasi Goreng, a popular fried rice in Indonesia, and revealed to us the recipe and how-to:
Indonesian Bahasa 101, where we learned a few basic words:
I also won the raffle where I got some spices for nasi goreng:
There were dances and cultural music presentation:
Selling booths showcased Indonesia travel agencies, airlines, education, food, and style statements (from fashion to interior design):
Finally tried Tehbotol:
Sarah is right, matatamis nga their coffee:
One of the interesting booths that I discovered at the fair is Tulip Chocolate, they sell chocolates often used for popular restaurant and fast food desserts.
Dark Chocolate Compound, White Compound, and Milk Chocolate Compound. The Dark Chocolate Filling tastes great with breads! :p
They also had a cooking demo on-stage where they created desserts that look fancy, but are actually easy to make (and pretty much affordable!).
Sharing some of them here:
They used balloons to form the chocolate cups, then pop them. Haha ang galing!
Tried this for the day's dessert, quality chocolate tastes good!
Before leaving, we were able to interview Ms. Erna Herlina, the First Secretary for Economic Affairs at the Indonesian Embassy.
Learned that they are really pushing Indonesian tourism, that there is more to their country than Jakarta and Bali. One of their efforts is an Indonesian Food Festival this July in SM Megamall. Something to look forward to!
For more information on Tulip Chocolate, visit theembassyofchocolate.com.