Our Culinary Contest judges this year had a tough task, tasting a lot of food in a short time and deciding which menu items were best in three categories, including a new one, “Dragon’s Choice,” for use of the Year of the Dragon theme.
The winners were:
BEST IN SHOW
The Orange Crunch
The overall top award this year goes to a first-time vendor, which served Filipino food including their crunchy orange Empanadas and Lumpia eggrolls, with a polished food cart facade.
Dragon Boat Sampler (Korean marinated beef, pork, and chicken “race paddlers” served in a hollowed-out daikon radish carved into a dragon boat, complete with a kimchi drum in front!)
Rice Noodles with Beef Skewers
Steamed Pork Bun
Aloha Shave Ice
“Dragon’s Breath” Hawaiian shave ice with Li Hing Mui plum flavor
Taiwanese Red Bean Shaved Ice
Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all our Taste of Asia food vendors and to our Culinary Contest judges!