Category: food

Pyongyang-style cold noodles with BBQ short-ri…

Pyongyang-style cold noodles with BBQ short-rib garnished on top. Kim Jong Un famously served this dish to South Korean President Moon Jae-In during their first summit meeting sparking a craze for cold noodles in South Korea.

Automated production line for shrimp cracker…

Automated production line for shrimp crackers at the Kumkop General Foodstuff Factory for Sportspersons. This product was rumored to be created due to the popularity of South Korean-brand Nongshim shrimp crackers, which are available in black markets throughout North Korea.

Lunch on Air Koryo’s flight from Pyongyang t…

Lunch on Air Koryo’s flight from Pyongyang to Beijing.

Typical lunch at Pyongyang University of Scien…

Typical lunch at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology: beef curry rice

Pizza from Hae Un Italian Restaurant in Pyon…

Pizza from Hae Un Italian Restaurant in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Typical lunch at Pyongyang University of Scien…

Typical lunch at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology: noodles with black bean sauce, braised pork, and radish

How is veganism perceived in North Korea?I’ve heard it’s not difficult for vegan tourists to find vegan meals but is there a local vegan community in Pyongyang?

Veganism is an unknown concept in North Korea and would be seen as a Western bourgeois trend. Korean cuisine often has fish or meat-based broths and sauces. For example, kimchi, a staple of Korean cuisine, is generally made with fish sauce and sometimes shrimp or squid. However, there is traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine which can be found at various temples throughout the country. This is extremely healthy, although as stated above, there is a chance that some of the food will have fish-based ingredients.

Traditional Koryo royal court cuisine in Kaesong, North Korea.

Traditional Koryo royal court cuisine in Kaesong, North Korea.

North Korean wild ginseng liquor in a bag. This particular…

North Korean wild ginseng liquor in a bag. This particular brand is manufactured with water from Lake Samilpo, and is famous for helping sexual virility in both men and women.

Typical lunch at the Pyongyang University of Science and…

Typical lunch at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology: rice, braised potatoes, turnip kimchi, tofu and seaweed, and seaweed soup with pork.