Pacific is flavour of the season at Hutong
Pacific Island cuisine made its debut appearance with a ‘Film, Food and Friends’ event featuring the South Pacific at The Hutong, Beijing’s premier cultural exchange centre, earlier this month.<!--more-->
<b>Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I) </b>Beijing office facilitated the event with internationally acclaimed chef and writer Robert Oliver as guest speaker, introducing Pacific Island cuisine to the expatriate community of Beijing with recipes from his award winning book Me’a Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific. Footage from his culinary travels to the Pacific Islands was also screened.
Beijing’s large expatriate community that attended the event had only a vague idea of the South Pacific. The impressive video footage and the beauty of the Pacific whetted their appetite for Pacific destinations as much as they did for the cuisine.
Robert Oliver emphasised the artisan nature of Pacific Island food products. “There are no large food factories in the Pacific Islands. Products like the Coconut Oil are handcrafted products made with by a community who are very passionate about what they do. It’s a very clear and transparent supply chain so consumers can have confidence in where their product was sourced.”
US expatriate in Beijing, Jim Nobles, is a kava connoisseur and attended the event to learn more about what the Pacific Islands has to offer and to see if he could find a supplier of kava.
<b>PT&I</b> Deputy Trade Commissioner in Beijing, Louisa Sifakula said, “There is a strong expatriate community in Beijing and many often move on to start their own business ventures in China. Ideas have been flowing with entrepreneurs about the potential and the possibilities. It’s an exciting time for the Pacific.”
Robert Oliver was in Beijing to attend the Gourmand Awards where his book <i>Mea’ai Samoa: Recipes from the Heart of Polynesia</i> and television cooking show <i>Real Pasifik</i> won the Gourmand Award for Best TV Chef Cookbook In The World 2013.
The Hutong event was made possible with the support of the European Union and <b>PT&I</b> Beijing.