‘Chicken sausage, not kikiam’ served to PH women’s football team

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 27) — A hotel hosting the Philippine women’s football team said on Wednesday it served chicken sausage and not the popoular street food 'kikiam' as claimed in circulating social media posts.

In a statement posted on it Facebook page, WhiteWoods Hotel in Cavite said it wants to “put an end to the circulation of this wrong information.”

“We serve athletes a buffet that is part of a meal plan prepared by the organizers. For the specific breakfast meal in question, chicken sausage (and not 'kikiam'), was part of a wider menu that included an omelette station, other assorted sausages, fruits, fresh fruit juices, bread, and rice,” the statement read.

Women’s football team coach Let Dimzon has asked the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee to address the issue on Monday.

A healthy and halal menu for athletes

In a media briefing on Wednesayd, athletes’ village head chef Bruce Lim said everything he been addressed in serving nutritious and halal food to athletes.

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Lim said it is difficult for a non-Muslim country like the Philippines to prepare halal food at first, given the struggles involving suppliers. But because of research, they have come up with a healthy halal menu.

"We wanted to make way for our Muslim brothers and sisters to show that we care about them," he said. "It's still going to be real food, prepared in halal manner."

Lim also added that athletes who have certain allergies are welcome to make requests, so that the catering team can make adjustments.