A Meal Fit For A Kim – NK’s Overseas Disco-Diners

In part 3 of his "Afters of Evil" series, Tom Farrell reflects on the morals of eating at DPRK funded restaurants, wondering how they serve the Pyongyang government.
January 3rd, 2013

Clumsily levering one sticky mouthful after another into my mouth, chopsticks ineptly aligned between my blanched fingers, two questions come to me. Was it ethically sound to dine at the Pyongyang Restaurant in downtown Phnom Penh? And was there anything worth eating there?

The first question would be answered in the negative by any North

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Tom Farrell

Tom Farrell is a freelance journalist who has published in several national Irish newspapers.

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  • Troy

    It’s hard to say what’s the real story regarding the Sashimi without considering the fish he ordered. If it was tuna or the like, then what she says is totally true. I lived in Xi’an, China for 3 years and would much prefer frozen sea fish, if it’s not frozen who knows how long it sat defrosting in a hot kitchen?

    If it was trout or something fine. Mpost sashimi though is sea fish perhaps this Belgian is just ignorant of the realities of fish?

    I’ve eaten in many DPRK owned restaurants outisde of the DPRK and found the service and food to be excellent. The price is not cheap, but there are obvious reasons for this.

    I’ve also eaten at many restaurants in the DPRK and found, like most asian countries, that the seafood near the sea is incredible and amazingly fresh, whereas in Pyongyang, Kaesong or other internal areas it is either frozen or pulled from a tank in front of your eyes.