File photo of Kim Jong-un Photograph:( Reuters )
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be served a lavish feast at the Korean summit on Friday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the South's presidential Blue House said on Tuesday.
Kim Jong-un will cross the demilitarised zone between North Korea and South Korea on Friday for the highest level meeting held to date with South’s President Moon Jae-in.
The two states are set to discuss the North’s nuclear arsenal which its leader has vowed to dismantle.
The leader will be served Swiss rösti with a Korean style in a specially curated banquet menu, presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said in a briefing Tuesday.
North Korea has never confirmed Kim Jong Un was educated in Switzerland, but former classmates and teachers have said they spent time with him there. Swiss newspapers have also reported Kim went to school under a pseudonym in Switzerland.
Kim and Moon can wash down their meal with a fragrant wine made from azaleas.
Also on their table will be a distilled liquor called munbaeju that is 40 per cent alcohol by volume and which originated in the North, but is now traditionally made in the South.
Here's what in store:
Cold salad with octopus
The octopus is from Tongyeong at the southern tip of the peninsula which will be served in a bed of lettuce including other vegetables.
The fried potato dish was chosen as an homage to Kim's childhood spent in Switzerland, the Blue House said in announcing the menu for Friday's welcome dinner.
Baked John Dory
Baked John Dory, a dish made from the flat sea fish, will be served as a nod to Moon's younger days in the South Korean port city of Busan.
Dumplings with crocker fish and sea cucumber
The dish originated from Gageo Island, Shinan county and includes dumplings stuffed with crocker fish and cucumber served in a bed of broth.
The Hanwoo beef is President Moon's favorite. It comes from Seosan county, South Chungcheong province.
Rice organically produced using ducks
This process of using trained ducks for weeding and pest control on rice farms originated in Bonghwa county, South Gyeongsang Province.
Grilled dalgogi fish
Mango mousse chocolate dome
Another item on the menu will be Pyongyang-style cold noodles, or naengmyeon, served in a chilled meat broth.
"President Moon had requested Pyongyang-style cold noodles from Okryu Gwan be included on the menu and North Korea gladly accepted," said Kim Eui-kyeom, the Blue House spokesman.
Okryu Gwan is North Korea's best-known restaurant famous for the dish, and has branches in China as well.
The cold noodles will be made by the head chef at Okryu Gwan, who will travel to the truce border village of Panmunjom where the two leaders will meet on Friday, the Blue House spokesman said.