Chinese Food, Full of Charm
Confucius Institute at Ricardo Palma University Held Lecture on Traditional Chinese Cuisine

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Ricardo Palma University [Time]    2011-08-24 15:20:27 

Traditional Chinese cooking assumes a very important position in Peru and has had a great impact on the Peruvian food culture. The Peruvians not only like Chinese gastronomy, but also hope to learn more about Chinese food culture. On May 4, Confucius Institute at Ricardo Palma University organized a cultural activity with traditional Chinese cuisine as its theme. The event is mainly featured by Dr. Luis Yong Tataje’s report entitled "China's traditional cuisine".

Over a hundred students of the Confucius Institute listened to the lecture with great interest in the school auditorium, the main building of the university. Council members of the Confucius Institute, former vice president Roberto Chang Chao, Director of Confucius Institute Rosa Filipchuk, Chinese co-director Pan Bingxin, and the Confucius Institute faculty organized and participated in the activity. Leaders and some teachers from College of Humanities and Modern Languages, School of International Business also attended the lecture. President Rodriguez of Ricardo Palma University spoke to the audience after the report.

First of all, Dr. Luis Yong made a brief introduction to the Chinese restaurants--- Chifa --- in Lima. He said that in previous years, there were about 3,000 Chifas in the city of Lima, and now the number has surpassed 5,000, which shows the popularity of Chinese food among the Peruvians.

Like Chinese philosophy, Chinese cooking also emphasizes the balance between yin and yang, aiming at a reasonable diet. Chinese cooking is also a kind of cultural interpretation. Knowledge of Chinese cooking contributes a lot to the understanding of the ancient culture with a history of several thousand years. For example, one of the concepts signified in traditional cooking is sharing and equality. Eating with chopsticks also reveals the concept of peace and unity.

Mr. Luis Yong’s speech is full of humor. His rich body language, the pace of the speech, voice and intonation, all help to make his speech extremely attractive. He also uses the name of the famous alpine lake “Titicaca” to describe the fraternal relationship between Peru and China, for the pronunciation of the lake is very much like the Chinese words “didi gege”— brother:brother. This humorous analogy has given rise to a burst of laughter from the audience.

Finally, San Joy Lao Restaurant provided all the participants with some typical Chinese food for a taste, so that the audience has been entertained not only with the speech, but also with the colorful and delicious food. At the end of the event, the participants are still found in small groups, talking about Chinese food and exchanging ideas. The activity has been strongly appreciated and turned out a great success.

Mr. Luis Yong introducing Chinese cuisine

Trying Chinese cuisine prepared by Chifa San Joy Lao

Trying Chinese cuisine prepared by Chifa San Joy Lao

A group photo of leaders and the Institute staff

(Confucius Institute at Ricardo Palma University)