RAWALPINDI - Mexican Food Festival in a series of various cultural events aims to showcase the fusion of the cultures.

Aamir H Kazi, General Manager Pearl Continental Hotel, Rawalpindi, said this in his welcome address to the distinguished guest. For a spicy taste of Mexico right here in Rawalpindi, take a bite from the Mexican Food Festival in the Marco Polo Restaurant until November 30, 2013, he added.

Kazi said, "Our focus is to serve genuine Mexican dishes and the hotel chefs participating at the Mexican Food Festival would delight the visitors with their rich culinary expertise and one of the charms about Marco Polo restaurant cooking is its authenticity and the guest just love it!"

The hotel chef, Azeem Khan, said, "Genuine Mexican cuisine's big difference with Tex-Mex dishes like fajitas or burritos is its heady complexity of spices.

 "To cook Mexican cuisine, you need to use fresh ingredients and spices such as garlic, onion, cilantro, poblano, habanero and Serrano," he added.

"Most Mexican dishes are either grilled or pan fried, which uses a little amount of cooking oil. The simplest Mexican dish is Ceviche Acapulco style, in which we marinate fish with garlic, onion, coriander, salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil until the meat of the fish is cooked by the lemon juice, and then it's ready to eat," he explained.