12 Apr 2009

Summit feast for troops and staff

9:29 am on 12 April 2009

Soldiers, reporters and minor officials tucked into a gourmet feast prepared for the ASEAN summit in Thailand after the meeting was abandoned.

The summit was cancelled and leaders were evacuated after demonstrators stormed the venue in Pattaya on Saturday.

The BBC reports Thai delicacies were served to troops, journalists and summit staff in a 700-seat ballroom.

An official who helped organise the dinner for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told the Associated Press news agency that the food had already been cooked and paid for.

The menu included catfish salad, lobster and shrimp satay, as well as red and white wine.

One of the diners - a ministry intern - described it as "great food."