MIKTA countries highlight cultural dances, music and delicious signature dishes at its sixth anniversary
The five MIKTA countries encompass Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia. They represent four continents around the world: Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
Guests were feted to cultural and music performances, and food at the Indonesian Consulate Hall in Vancouver on December 10. Photographer Peter Langer fascinated audience with his Indonesia travel presentation.
The evening program also featured cultural performances by the local Indonesian diaspora community and Vancouver’s Mexican Mariachi band, Los Daorados.
Mariachi is one of the biggest cultural contributions to the world, said Mexican Consul General Ana Berenice Diaz Ceballos Parada. The Mariachi band has deep roots in Mexican history, dating back at least to the 18th century, she added.
“Its music brings us joy. It is a strong and emotive, romantic and from time to time, nostalgic. It was declared by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2011.”
Parada said the tradition has transcended borders. “Today, Mirachi groups like Los Daorados are all over the world.” They have revitalized and strengthened the Mexican tradition, she added.
On the MIKTA countries’ menu were nopales salad, ceviche and arroz con leche. Nopales salad is a mix of fresh cactus leaves with cilantro, tomato, onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper, served with corn tortillas.
Ceviche is an appetizer of cubed fish with cucumber, tomato, pineapple, red onion, pepper and cliantro marinated in lime juice.
Featured dish was Mie Bakso: beef balls, yellow noodles and rice vermicelli served in hot broth with assorted garnishing. Dessert was Bubuh sum-sum. This traditional sweet rice pudding is made from glutinous rice flour cooked in coconut milk, and topped with palm sugar sauce.
Korea Beats to Temple Rhythms
Korean percussion group beat to the sound of ancient temple melodies. It’s a relatively new type of drumming created in the 1990s, said South Korean Consul General Byung-won Chung.
Chung said the melody is re-arranged rhythms originally played in temples a thousand years ago. The melody is about heaven, earth and human being (천 지 인 – cheon ji in).
Korean cuisine featured gimbap – seaweed roll made of seaweed, rice, fish cake, egg and pickled radish.
On the menu is also Korean haemul pajeon (mini seafood pancake) and Dakgangjeong, deep-fried crispy chicken dish glazed in sticky, sweet chilli sauce.
Turkish Lute Music and Delicacies
The Turkish Consulate brought in Vancouver musician Mustafa Kemal Akar who played the oud. This popular Middle Eastern short-neck lute-type, pear-shaped stringed instrument is also known as ut or ud in Turkey.
Accompanying Akar is Mutlu Bahar Neyzen, a ney instrumentalist. The ney is a lute made from reed. Said Turkish Consul General Mehmet Taylan Tokmak,
It’s a musical instrument of the Sufi mystics
Turkish dishes served include sharksuka and circassian chicken. Circassian chicken dish originates from the Caucasia region, said Tokmak.
“The Caucasian people who live in Turkey and the Middle East excels in cooking this dish.” Dessert featured baklava made by Tokmak’s chef.
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Australian Didgeridoo and Meat Pies
Renowned Australian didgeridoo master, Shine mesmerized guests with sounds of the kangaroo and Kookabura bird. Australian Honorary Consul Kevin Lamb said,
“Didgeridoo is an instrument that Australian aboriginals have used for over 1,500 years. It’s more than just a musical instrument. It actually tells stories.”
The Aussie tucker (food in Australian) featured traditional meat pies, vegetarian pies, desserts like lamington cake and Anzac biscuits as well as alcoholic ginger beer.
DECEMBER 22, 2019 | SILK ROAD TODAY