Participants enjoy Vietnamese food at the event (Photo: VNA) 

Pretoria (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa held a Vietnamese Culture and Cuisine Day in Johannesburg on December 5 to introduce Vietnamese tourism, landscapes and cuisine.

The event, part of activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and South Africa, was attended by Sindiswa Mququ, Chief Director for South, Central and Southeast Asia at the South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation; Malaysian Ambassador Mohamad Nizan Mohamad, Chairman of the ASEAN Pretoria Committee; and ambassadors of ASEAN countries in South Africa, among others.

Opening the event, Ambassador Vu Van Dung noted Vietnam and South Africa are celebrating 25 years of their ties in 2018, the same year many activities have been held around the world to mark the 100th birthdays of President Nelson Mandela and political activist Albertina Sisulu, two symbols of the struggle for freedom, equality, democracy and reconciliation.

Over the past 25 years, along with official diplomatic channels, people-to-people exchange and cultural diplomacy have contributed to promoting the Vietnam-South Africa friendship.

The unique Vietnamese cuisine has left a strong impression for foreign friends, he said.

Participants at the event had chances to enjoy traditional dishes of Vietnam such as spring rolls, “pho” (noodle soup) and lotus soup. They also explored the culture, tourism potential and well-known landscapes of Vietnam through publications, photos and videos.-VNA