Shanghai, Apr 8 : A weeklong Indian Food Festival kicked off today in Shanghai.
The festival is being organised by the Union Ministry of Tourism to commemorate the opening of India Tourism Office in China.
The festival was inaugurated jointly by Indian Tourism Secretary S. Banerjee and Dao Shu Ming, Chairman Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administrative Commission.
Speaking on the occasion Banerjee said Indian and Chinese cuisines have long transcended national borders and figure prominently on menus the world over, a government release said.
He said that the Indians like Chinese food so much that they have indigenised it to the extent that "Indian Chinese" food is gaining recognition as a distinct culinary experience.
Dao Shuming wishing a great success to the festival said that with this event friendship and cooperation between the two countries would be greatly developed, adding that tourism has become a bridge of enhancing the understanding and friendship between China and India.
During the week-long festival twenty different dishes from across India will be served. The food has been prepared under the guidance of Corporate Chef of "The Ashok Hotel" M.S. Gupta.
An "Incredible India Evening" is also being organized on April 9 at the prestigious Shanghai Concert Hall.