Yesterday was so much fun during the Wonderful Indonesia Festival which happened in Glorietta's Activity Center. We got a taste of their cultural treats, lovely knickknacks, products, food items and just about everything Indonesian in that small expo. They also got us to try and sample some really good chocolates from Tulip, a premium chocolate brand primarily catering to beverage industries and artisans located in the Asia Pacific Region and the Middle East. The event was officiated by Deputy Chief of Mission - Indonesian Embassy Mr. Ade Petranto and he said the increase in trade between them and the Philippines is just about to get even bigger. We also got to interview Ms. Erna Herlina who's the First Secretary for Economic Affairs at the Indonesian Embassy. These events are part of a long campaign made and designed to promote Indonesia in the Philippines and the rest of the world because they realized that this rising economy has been bitten by the travel bug too, and their proximity to our country was enough reason to offer what they have in the largest archipelago in the world.
|This Milk Chocolate Compound has a hint of Vanilla making it perfect for cooking as it's not too sweet, but still has bold flavors. I could see people making fondue or their favorite desserts with it too.|
|This is the Dark Chocolate Filling, a really gooey chocolate product which you can use with breads or just about anything that needs filling, already made in this form.|
|The White Compound is basically White Chocolate but European standards makes the use of the word Compound since you can't call this Chocolate as it is made without any cocoa beans.|
|Our favorite was the Dark Chocolate Compound, we were also given a taste of it via the Chocolate Mousse they prepared that afternoon. Pretty good stuff!|
Here's a short tour, thank me later!
|Then we also watched a real deal performance from Indonesians playing their native instruments, singing and dancing during the said event. I like their costumes and movements as it is very intricate!|
|Tulip gave us pointers on how to cook with their chocolate products, Indonesia has really good Cacao plants hence the local production. You should hoard if you see them as they are nicely priced (only a few hundred bucks per pack!).|
|They gave us some easy recipes to follow at home. I love the Tulip Cups!|
|Garuda Indonesia is their flag carrier, they are a partner of Philippine Airlines so if you fly there and need local connecting flights, you should know what to get!|
|They also invited us on July 30, they've got another event showcasing the food of Indonesia. You should come too!|
Here's an interview with the First Secretary of the Indonesian Embassy
Thank you so much to Tulip Chocolatiers for extending us an invite and to the Indonesian Embassy for being so nice and accommodating. I'm sure I'll be back in Indonesia soon!