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El Salvador offers a taste of its cuisine in cooperation with local hotel

The Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador invited celebrity chef Juan Salomon Miguel to Taiwan on Tuesday, Sept. 12, as a star guest at the Taste of El Salvador 2017.

Held from Sept. 12 to Sept. 24 at the Silk Road Feast buffet of The Westin Taipei hotel, the Taste of El Salvador 2017 feature nine quintessential Salvadoran dishes, providing foodies a chance to sample authentic cuisines from the Central American country without leaving Taiwan.

The food festival not only to promote Salvadoran cuisine but also its ingredients such as Loroco Flower to local customers, according to Ambassador Marta Chang de Tsien of the Republic of El Salvador to the Republic of China.

At the Taste of El Salvador people will be able to find some of our most traditional dishes like pupusas – a corn tortilla with fillings such as fish, meat, cheese, vegetables and beans – and the seafood dish ceviche.

"Because of our Mayan heritage, you can find many of dishes having corn as a main ingredient," she said. "We are very proud of our gastronomic offer, and that's why this is a very exciting project for us to promote our culture, our food, and our trade."

The ambassador said that while ingredients are hard to find in Taiwan (she has to import some directly from her country), she cooks Salvadoran dishes at home, especially on special occasions such as receiving guests and when hosting around 100 Salvadoran overseas students in Taiwan.

Chef Juan Salomon Miguel, the host of El Salvador's first online cooking show "Le Receta del Chef", showed off his skills on Tuesday by cooking two of the nine dishes featured at the food festival – ceviche and pupusas de queso con curtido. The chef explained that Salvadoran ceviche is different from other ceviche dishes in the region as it does not only use fish but also shrimps as ingredients.

Miguel said that he chose to become a chef because he is "always hungry" and because that he cherishes that joy he has when he learned cooking from his grandmother. He said his show aims to help people who don't cook to do so by providing simple and fast tutorials using readily available ingredients.

Miguel expressed his admiration of Taiwanese food and culture, sharing his surprise when he saw how different religions – Taoism and Buddhism – coexist in the Taiwanese temple he visited in this trip.

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