Co-organized by the Foreign Affairs Office of the Chengdu Municipal People's Government and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chengdu, the ROK Day Food Tasting was unveiled on May 20 at the Jinguangcheng Hall of the Shangri-La Hotel here in the city. Themed "ROK food & love, never too late to meet", the event, as part of the "TASTE OF ASIA" Food, Culture and Tourism Themed Day during the Chengdu Panda Asian Food Festival, aims to enhance Chengdu people's understanding of the ROK food culture and promote the cultural exchanges between Chengdu and the ROK .
The event featured a Korean dish cooking session and tasting, a photo show on the ROK's natural beauty and human landscapes and an exhibition of models of Korean catering utensils. Guests can taste traditional Korean drinks and experience cosmetics made in ROK.
After watching the process of making kimchi, local resident Ms. Hou said, "It's interesting. I'm very interested in Korean culture. There are similarities and differences between the food of the ROK and China. "
Accordign to Li Li, vice chairman of the Chengdu People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Chengdu and the ROK have been keeping frequent exchanges in the food culture, and have achieved fruitful results. She hopes to further the people-to-people exchanges between China and the ROK in the future.
"Spicy Korean food with red pepper powder shares some similarities with the pungent and hot Sichuan cuisine in their flavors," said Lee Hyunwoo, Deputy Consul-general of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chengdu. "Korean cuisine is quite popular in Chengdu, and Sichuan food is highly acclaimed in the ROK. I hope to enhance the mutual learning and exchanges in the food culture between the two countries through this event."