Pansit habhab of Lucban, Quezon in spotlight at a gathering of Southeast Asian embassies in Athens
The Philippine Embassy in Athens, in celebration of National Heritage Month, hosted the ASEAN Noodle Festival at the Philippine ambassador’s residence recently.
Members of the ASEAN Committee in Athens (ACAT), represented by their embassies, featured a noodle dish from their country. The Philippines, through Madame Novelyn Palec, wife of Philippine Ambassador to Greece Giovanni Palec, showcased the popular noodle dish pansit habhab of Lucban, Quezon, during the cooking demonstration portion of the event.
Aside from the pansit habhab, other popular Filipino food treats were also served at the event, such as the pan de sal, chicken barbecue, lumpiang togue, ube macapuno cakes, and the halo-halo.
The other ACAT spouses and ladies also shared how their noodle dishes were prepared. The Thai embassy presented Thai green curry with rice noodles, Vietnam demonstrated the pho with fresh rice noodles, and Indonesia featured the soto mie bogor.
Aside from the pansit habhab, other popular Filipino food treats were also served at the event, such as the pan de sal, chicken barbecue, lumpiang togue, ube macapuno cakes, and the halo-halo while the other embassies also brought their other dishes such as the klepon (glutinous rice balls) and iced cendol dawet (made from pandan jellies, coconut milk, and palm sugar syrup) from Indonesia, thong yot (golden drops), foi thong (golden threads), and Thai cake (mungbean and rice cake) from Thailand, and nem (spring rolls) and banh cuon (rice rolls) from Vietnam. These were all enjoyed by the guests who were composed of the embassies’ personnel and some of their families.
Ambassador Palec gave the other ASEAN ambassadors and chargé d’affaires a Pahiyas Festival kit at the end of the event, included the pansit habhab noodles.