The “Vietnamese culinary and cultural weeks in Indonesia” programme kicked off at Kempinsky hotel in Jakarta on May 17.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Nguyen Xuan Thuy, Head of Vietnam’s Permanent Representative Mission to ASEAN Vu Dang Dung and representatives of diplomatic corps, international organisations and Indonesian enterprises attended the event.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Thuy underscored the importance of the programme, which, he said, helps increase understanding about the land and people of Vietnam as well as the friendship between the two countries while promoting Vietnam’s tourism and aviation sectors.

Apart from traditional dishes such as pho, nem (spring roll) and banh xeo (sizzling cake), the programme also features handicrafts and traditional songs and dances staged by Vietnamese students in Indonesia.-VNA