The Indonesian Embassy in Manila, the Phillipines promoted Indonesian culinary and culture at the Asian Eats festival which was held in Mandaluyong City, the Philippines from 28 until 30 April 2023. Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines, Agus Widjojo in a statement on Tuesday (2/5) pointed out that the presentation of typical Indonesian food at the Indonesian booth was part of cultural diplomacy. He further conveyed that culture diplomacy has an important role in supporting state diplomacy. The Indonesian typical cuisine which was promoted at the festival included fried noodles, fried rice, chicken satay, and several traditional snacks, such as kuetalam, jongkong, omelet rolls, andrisoles.
The Indonesian Embassy in Manila conveyed that Indonesia also promoted some chili sauce and crackers as well as a complete menu of Padang dishes from West Sumatra. Asian Eats is a festival that introduces Asian cuisine, arts and culture to the people of the Philippines. During the festival, the Indonesian Embassy also presented an Indokustic music group. The Indonesian Embassy's music group became the first winner of the talent show Embassy's Got Talent 2023, which was attended by Diplomatic and foreign representatives in Manila. There was also a mini fashion show that highlighted various Indonesian traditional clothes and Nusantara dances. This Indonesian culinary and cultural promotion activity was in accordance with the work of the Indonesian Embassy with the Asia Society Philippines and two Indonesian restaurants in Manila, namely the Bakmi Nyonya Restaurant and the Padang Huang Jia Restaurant. Moreover, the festival was also attended by representatives from the Philippines, Australia, India, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.