“Minahasa’s sambal [chilli side dish] is a particularly delicious treat and a welcome change from habanero chilli, which I normally eat,” said Jesse Guerra, the President of the Midwest Chapter of the American Society of Travel Advisor [ASTA], who often takes American tourists to Indonesia.
“I cannot wait to take American tourists back to Indonesia to share its extraordinary culture.” Other americans reiterated Guerra. “We have never had Indonesian food before, and we find it very spicy,” said Alex and Trinity, two university students from Houston, Texas.
“But we enjoyed it. The food hits our taste buds in all the right places.” As with other visitors, they and Jesse found out about the event from social media.
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The head of the Indonesian Consulate in Chicago, Consul-General Meri Binsar Simorangkir, expressed her gratitude to Minahasa.
“As the only Indonesian restaurant in Chicago that is owned by by a diaspora or overseas Indonesian, we thank Minahasa for helping the consulate introduce the wide variety of Indonesian food,” she said.
Meri said the Indonesian Gourmet Day is the first of the consulate’s planned series of gastrodiplomacy campaigns. She hopes to spread the initiative to other Indonesian restaurants in the Midwest.
(Writer/Editor: Shintaloka Pradita Sicca)
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