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Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso hands over the cookbook and cooking video to ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi 


The Permanent Mission of the Philippines to ASEAN launched Sem sem but no sem: a cooking video and cookbook of ASEAN noodle dishes at the ASEAN Secretariat on 11 April 2019.

 Sem sem but no sem aims to celebrate ASEAN’s unity amid diversity by showcasing delectable ASEAN noodle dishes that are delightfully different but distinctly ASEAN. These recipes reveal the rich history and cultural heritage of ASEAN countries, from native elements to foreign influences in the ingredients and the manner of their preparation.

Ambassadors of ASEAN Member States and their spouses demonstrated how to prepare Soto Brunei, Khmer Curry, Bakmi Goreng Jawa, Khao Piak Sen, Char Kuey Teow, Mohinga, Pansit Palabok, Laksa, Tom Yum, and Phở. 


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Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso (6th from left), ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi (7th from left), and the Permanent Representatives of ASEAN


The video and cookbook provide information on how to prepare these dishes in a practical and easy way so that people would be able to make ASEAN noodle dishes by themselves. In addition to the ingredients and cooking instructions, the video and the cookbook include information on the cultural significance and history of the dishes, and provide aspiring cooks as well as experienced chefs a deeper appreciation of ASEAN noodle dishes.

The video and the cookbook have been distributed through the ASEAN Secretariat and its social media channels. 

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Dato Lim Jock Hoi (3rd from right) hosts a farewell lunch for Ambassador Elizabeth Buensuceso (3rd from left)


The launch also coincided with the farewell lunch hosted by ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi in honor of Ambassador Elizabeth Buensuceso, who is ending her tenure as Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN after six fruitful and successful years in promoting Philippine interests in ASEAN, and contributing to ASEAN community building efforts. END.