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My co-worker Thuan and I talked about having an international food dinner a while ago. The requirement was that the food had to be authentic and home made. Shortly after our talk, I received an invite for the dinner. His friend Beth loved the idea as well, and sent the invite. I was very excited that it was actually happening (thanks Beth for organizing it!).

After consulting with my mom and sister, I decided to make Salată de Vinete, Gustare, and Negresa.

Salată de Vinete is an eggplant spread, which my mom has been making for years and I really like. The dish is very simple to make. It only requires roasted eggplant, roasted green pepper, onion, oil, and salt and pepper. My mom always decorates it with tomatoes and parsley leaves, so it was only fitting to do the same this time.

Salată de Vinete

Salată de Vinete

Another typical Romanian dish is Gustare, which means appetizer. The dish includes sliced tomatoes and cucumbers sprinkled with some salt and pepper, some feta cheese, and usually some kind of meat, such as pork.

Gustare

Preparing the ingredients for the Gustare.

Growing up, this dish was included on the menu of every party that we attended. Also, during our trip to Romania a few years ago, every house that we visited served it to us, which really surprised Joel. :) I did explain the popularity of it to him many times, but I guess it still surprised him.

After my failed attempt at making the Negresa a few weeks ago, I decided to make it again, but follow the recipe this time. So I included the required 2 sticks of butter and voilà… the cake was perfect. :)

The dinner was a success! All the dishes were delicious! I was surprised about how many different countries were represented. We had dishes from Romania (of course), Vietnam, Turkey, Korea, Italy, Portugal, Thailand, Poland, and US.

Kofte (beef patties seasoned with Turkish herbs. We have a similar dish in Romania, except that it is made with pork.)

The dishes included:

~ Thai Beef Salad
~ Kofte
~ Borek (a Turkish take on Spanakopita)
~ Pierogis and Kielbasa
~ Chicken Parmesan
~ Korean BBQ Pork
~ Vietnamese Egg Rolls
~ Portuguese Malasadas
~ Vietnamese Fried Rice
~ Kugel

Portuguese Malasadas

Portuguese Malasadas

The dinner was so much fun! It was great meeting some of Thuan’s friends. Delicious food and nice company… what more can you ask for?

Vietnamese Egg Rolls

Vietnamese Egg Rolls

I think that we should definitely have another dinner soon. I am sure that Thuan agrees with me. :)

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