Chef Christoph Pouls showcased Belgian culinary in Ha Noi

Update: 21:15 | 01/02/2018
On the occasion of the visit to Vietnam by Belgian Federal Minister for Agriculture H.E Mr. Denis Ducarme and the celebration of 45 years of Belgium – Vietnam diplomatic relations, the Embassy of Belgium organizes an exclusive culinary event "A Taste of Belgium" at Pullman Hotel on February 1st, 2018.
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The main orientations of the Belgian development cooperation in Vietnam are green growth, water management, and innovation. Belgium and Vietnam have a long tradition of cooperation in the Agricultural sector. Belgium has for example been pivotal in the development of the dairy sector in Vietnam at the end of the nineties and the beginning of the 21st Century.

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Belgium's Minister of Agriculture Denis Ducarme served the guests attending the event. (Photo: Khanh Chi)

In the field of academic cooperation, both Flemish as well as French speaking universities have longstanding and excellent partnerships with Vietnamese counterparts. Belgium is the biggest development partner of Vietnam National University of Agriculture. The Belgian University of Liège has a structural cooperation with its Vietnamese partner to boost its academic performance and to increase the number of PhD students. A new and ambitious €12 million academic cooperation program was launched in 2017. This university cooperation has contributed to the development of the Vietnamese aquaculture, and is contributing to research on the adaptation of Vietnamese agriculture to climate change, on food technology and safe food.

Belgium’s gastronomy is a hidden gem that only those who are willing to give a closer look will discover. Home of hundreds of Michelin-starred restaurants, some of them are even awarded the prestigious three-star title, Belgium has some of the best chefs in the world and its cuisine is also among the finest. From rich chocolate to sweet pastry, from fresh seafood to hearty meat dishes, Belgian cuisine is not for those who are on a diet, but is sure to please the pickiest foody.

Through a standing buffet presented in a sophisticated way in order to highlight the quality of Belgian produce, Belgian chef Christoph Pouls will showcase the art of Belgian gastronomy. Featuring famed and beloved Belgian products like pears, chocolate, Speculaas biscuits, and beers, the buffet emphasizes on authenticity to fully deliver the true taste of Belgium to Vietnamese guests.

Belgians are bons vivants, so Belgian cuisine gathers all the good things in life to create savory, hearty dishes that are meant to be shared with loved ones. Start with Filet American – steak tartare with a Belgian spin – to ease you into the feast, before digging in the rich, creamy stew Waterzooi with North Sea fish that promises to warm your heart during these cold days. The internationally famed Moules frites – steamed mussels with fries – will also make an appearance to please Belgian food lovers. For guests with a sweet tooth, Chef Christoph will create a Dame Blanche on the spot: vanilla ice-cream with whipped cream and signature molten Belgian chocolate. Coupled with Brussels waffles or poached Belgian pears with Speculaas crumble, these sweet temptations will melt your heart.

Known for his culinary flair and creativity, Christoph Pouls is a multi-award winning Belgian chef with abundant professional cooking experience. He is well-versed in French and Belgian cuisine and during his travel, he has picked up other international and Asian cuisines. Always crave for travel and adventure, Chef Christoph moved to Asia and held various positions in established 5-star international hotel chains across China, Taiwan, and Singapore. His most recent position is Executive Chef at the prestigious Sofitel in Guangzhou, China.

On Friday February 2nd 2018, Chef Christoph will also partner with KOTO Training Center to give their culinary students a fun and engaging cooking workshop on authentic Belgian cuisine using locally sourced products.

Friendship and multifaceted cooperation between Belgium and Vietnam have been developed over the last 45 years since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1973. Last year, the partners looked back on 40 years of presence of the Belgian Development Cooperation in Vietnam. In particular, Belgium has assisted Vietnamese education through scholarship programs and knowledge exchange. So far, more than 2000 Vietnamese got a Belgian education.

From being long standing partners in development cooperation, Belgium and Vietnam have been maturing bilateral ties in different sectors. The volume of trade between the two countries hovered around USD 2.45 billion in 2016. An increasing number of Belgian companies are investing in Vietnam.

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