As part of the Chengdu Panda Asian Food Festival (CPAFF), the "Taste of Pakistan" Food Festival kicked off on May 18 at Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu.
Two celebrity chefs from Pakistan showed the guests how to DIY Pakistani salad and sauce, and cooked authentic Pakistani cuisine for them. They will deliver such experience every weekend before May 31.
"This event for the CAPFF is a great success thanks to the delicious food prepared by the two chefs from my home country. I really appreciate their hard work," said Mr. Muhammad Mudassir Tipu, Consul-general of the Consulate General of Pakistan in Chengdu, who introduced Pakistani delicacies to the guests at the venue.
In Mr. Tipu's view, Sichuan and Pakistani cuisines share a lot of similarities in flavor.
He particularly mentioned a Sichuan dish, hotpot, hoping to further the cultural and social connection between Chengdu and Pakistan through food.
In addition to the delicious cuisine, the Henna hand tattoo art shown by the Pakistani tattooists and Pakistani costume culture fascinated the guests, whose hands were tattooed with various floral patterns.
"This is the first Henna tattoo I ever got," said Ms. Li, a guest at the festival, marveling at the unique exotic folk art.
"It's amazing. I've got a brief understanding of both the food and culture of the South Asian country through this festival," she said.
To offer an impressive cultural experience to the local residents, the festival organizers set up an open space outside the café at the Shangri-La Hotel for people to take photos and earn likes on social media.