Pyongyang, North Korea: to Eat & Drink

Mon, 18 May 2015
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ONGNYUGWAN/OKRYU RESTAURANT

Sample the Pyongyang delicacy of Naengmyeon (cold noodles). 200g of cold black noodles (made from a combination of arrowroot, buckwheat and potato) are topped with every kind of protein you can imagine and served on a huge gold chalice. You then add mustard and vinegar to taste. When you’re finished, they’ll bring you another 200g, and if you’re really lucky, they’ll make that half a kilogram. Don’t forget that it’s rude to leave any food uneaten…

PARADISE BAR AND MICROBREWERY

In 2000 Kim Jong-il bought a 180-year-old brewery from a quiet Wiltshire town and rebuilt it on a cabbage patch near Pyongyang. Taedonggang beer, as the resulting tipple was called, became hugely popular, and a string of microbreweries have been popping up across the capital ever since. Paradise Bar is probably the most famous of these, with pale ales, lagers and fruit beers on tap; delicious Kim Jong-Ale.

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