Move aside peace, reunification, and nuclear disarmament¬†— there are noodles to eat.

pyongyang cold noodles
Image source – CNN

It has been eleven since the two presiding powers of North and South Korea have met in friendly political talks. The last time an Inter-Korean summit took place was back in 2007 with President Moon Jae-in’s predecessor Roh Moo-hyun met Kim Jong-il, the father of authoritarian Kim Jong-Un, in 2007 the state of the global political landscape, and Korea itself was completely different. However, the topics of this summit, peace, reunification, and nuclear disarmament was the same.

Accordingly, these topics were the “meat and potatoes” of the April 27 meeting, and the most reported (these intangible yet salient issues). Notwithstanding,, there was something else that caught the interest of South Korean. Lines magically materialized, photos of impatient crowds began to appear on social media all for one thing: food.

Image source – Twitter
People stand in a long line in front of a Pyongyang cold noodle restaurant in Eulmildae, Seoul, on the afternoon of the 27th – News 1
A line forms outside a restaurant in Mapo-gu, Seoul – Yonhap News
People enjoy their lunch at a famous Pyongyang cold noodle restaurant in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province – Yonhap News

The Special Noodle Dish

In the days leading up to the event, the Summit’s menu had been a focal point. The minds behind the different dishes attempted to add significance to each plate and source ingredients from all over the country. Notably, South Korean chefs had created all of but one of the recipes. For the last dish, North Korean officials had to bring Pyongyang style cold noodles to complete the menu.

Pyongyang cold noodles
Inter-Korean Summit menu – Yonhap News

While this dish is common in South Korea, it has been said by some to have a different taste that provides an overall different experience. Understandably then, these testaments and inclusion in the official Summit menu elicited a desire in many to try out the dish themselves. In addition, this desire also included two CNN news anchors in the U.S.

On April 27, Lee Ji-yeon, a singer turned food researcher, appeared on a CNN program to make the dish. Talking about the dish, Lee explained that learned the recipe “from her grandparent who lived in North Korea.” As expected, when the two hosts tried it they praised it as “delicious.”



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Translated by O.C