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26/10/2018: PH’S LUMPIANG SHANGHAI AND TURON GIVE “A TASTE OF DIPLOMACY”

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Chef Cho explains the ingredients  of Lumpiang Shanghaito the participants of the Taste of Diplomacy Program of YMCA Anthony Bowen on 24 October 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Philippine Embassy, through Sentro Rizal Washington DC, made a successful collaboration with YMCA Anthony Bowen on the latter’s newest cooking program entitled, “A Taste of Diplomacy”, on 24 October 2018.

The Philippines is the second featured Embassy after Luxembourg for this month. The Healthy Eating Department of the YMCA aims to bring the community together and bridge cultures by discovering the cuisines of various countries. Ten (10) YMCA members and DC residents participated in the evening cooking program that featured Filipino dishes.

Chef Cho Ortega, owner of family-owned restaurant Lumpia, Pansit, Atbpwas gracious in lending her cooking skills and partnering with the Embassy for the event. She presented a wrapped food theme and demonstrated how to make Filipino favorites lumpiang shanghaiand turon(fried banana egg roll).

Chef Cho took up Architecture in the Philippines but her love for cooking pushed her to study at the Academie de CuisineGaithersburg when she migrated to the United States. She is the owner of  Lumpia, Pansit, Atbp restaurantin Wheaton, Maryland which was established in 2000 as a Filipino-Asian festival food stall that eventually grew into a full restaurant. Chef Cho also started a catering service, previously known as Cho Catering Service, serving Filipino-Asian cuisine.

YMCA Anthony Bowen has been innovating for 160 years and evolving still to cater to the needs of the community.  It is one of the full-service facilities that YMCA of Metropolitan Washington operates throughout the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.

“Food is basic and the love for food is universal. It is a natural gateway to culture and understanding. We are grateful to the YMCA Anthony Bowen and Chef Cho for working with us under ‘A Taste of Diplomacy’ program, said Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez in a statement. ###

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(L-R) Tessa Mork (left), Nutrition Education Program Manager, YMCA Anthony Bowen; Chef Cho Ortega; and Asha Kuziwa, Kitchen Coordinator, YMCA Anthony Bowen

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Participants in the Taste of Diplomacy Program try to make turon

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Participants also receive Philippine dried mangoes dipped in chocolate and brochures on Philippine tourism.

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The participants enjoy their first batch of cooked Lumpiang Shanghai