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International Food Fair offers Lodians chance to sample worldwide vegetarian cuisine

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Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012 6:13 pm | Updated: 6:35 pm, Sun Aug 12, 2012.

Despite the toasty weather on Sunday, many people anxious to sample vegetarian meals from countries throughout the world turned out to a Lodi church to learn about some cuisine, some of which is unusual in America.

Under a shaded canopy, visitors to English Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church sampled food from the Ukraine, Malaysia, Brazil, the Philippines, Japan, China, Greece, Mexico and the USA.

“I liked the Japanese food; you don’t find it very often,” said Evert Kuester (pronounced “rooster”), who moved to Lodi three weeks ago from Southern California.

Thais dos Reis, who was born in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and now lives in Stockton, sold some Brazilian stroganoff over rice, which was filled with garlic, onions and olives. The dish also came from argula salad, and sliced flan was available for a separate purchase.

Meanwhile, Susan Kouboung of Morada made most of the Malaysian food, which was dominated by gado gado, rice cakes and kush goreng. The gado gado featured a healthy dose of green beans, bean sprouts, spinach, cucumbers, boiled eggs and tofu — covered with peanut sauce.

The kush goreng included deep-fried fried bananas and some sweet potatoes.

Here’s some of the other food available on Sunday:

  • Sushi.
  • Chinese chicken salad.
  • Teriyaki ka-bobs.
  • Greek dolmas with tabouli salad.
  • Baklavas.
  • Vegan tamales, which included potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage, bell peppers, garlic, cilantro, garbanzo beans and soy protein. They also came with rice and black beans.
  • Ukranian cheese buttons.
  • Lumpia and noodles with kung pao tofu, from the Philippines.
  • American fare, including veggie burgers, potato salad and corn on the cob.
  • Fresh produce.

In addition to the food, children were treated to a bounce house and a ride on a horse and buggy through the church parking lot.

Much of the international food will be available at next summer’s International Food Fair.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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