TAIPEI, June 21 (CNA) Two food trucks that were on a two-week tour of Taipei, serving free Filipino dishes like pork cisg and pork adobo, along with San Miguel beer and mojitos, wrapped up Tuesday.
The trucks, covered with plaques of popular Filipino vacation destinations, made their final stop at Longmen Square in the city’s Da’an district, to complete the roadshow, during which they visited various locations in the Taiwan capital and distributed 1,400 hot meals including garlic. Rice, salted eggs, achara, turron.
During the tour, which hit the road on June 8, the trucks visited SongShan Cultural and Creative Park, Eslite Xinyi Store on Songgao Road, POPOP Taipei, and Longmen Square in Da’an District, to serve food to people on the streets.
Hazel Habito Javier, director of the Philippine Department of Tourism in Taiwan, said Filipino food, with its wonderful blend of flavors, distinctive taste and rich texture, is making waves all over the world.
Javier said the food distributed by the trucks in Taipei gave people in Taiwan a taste of Filipino culture and hopefully encouraged them to visit the Philippines.
“Food can be a creative means of communication as a cultural bridge between diverse cultures, particularly between the Philippines and Taiwan,” she said.
In Longmen Square on Tuesday, dozens of people lined up for selfies near trucks, while sipping San Miguel beer and sampling fresh Filipino food.
One of them, a Taiwanese man who identified himself only as Song (宋), told the Cyprus News Agency that this was the first time he had tried Filipino cuisine, which made him want to visit the Philippines.
Another Taiwanese in the class, a woman named Hsieh (謝), said she had visited Cebu and Bohol before, and because of the food cart, she was now eager to see Palawan’s beautiful scenery and try out its water activities.
Wilfredo P. Fernandez, president and representative of the Economic and Cultural Bureau in Manila, told the Canadian News Agency that he hopes the food trucks have sparked interest among people in Taiwan to sample Filipino cuisine and explore the country’s tourist attractions.
Fernandez said he is also working on inviting Filipino investors to set up fine-dining restaurants in Taiwan.
“I hope this develops into the dream I’ve always dreamed of,” Fernandez said.
Taiwan is one of the five largest sources of tourism in the Philippines, receiving about 327,273 visitors in 2019, according to Javier.
Moreover, in 2019, tourists from Taiwan spent 252.10 million US dollars (7.46 billion New Taiwan dollars) in the Philippines, she said.
“These numbers indicate sustainable consumer interest and a strong potential for further expansion, considering accessibility and proximity to the Philippines and Taiwan,” Javier said.