A Dot on a Mousse Dish Is Angering Japan

And more on the meal that will be served to Kim Jong Un Friday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 25, 2018 10:20 AM CDT
This undated photo provided by the South Korea Presidential Blue House on Tuesday shows a dish of grilled beef using cattle from a ranch in central South Korea.   (South Korea Presidential Blue House via AP)
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(Newser) – Ahead of Kim Jong Un's high-stakes meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the future of his nukes comes the repetition of one word: rosti. It has nothing to do with nukes. Rather, it's a Swiss fried potato dish that South Korea plans to "re-interpret" and serve at a planned banquet after Friday's summit at the border truce village of Panmunjom. While not many things are known about Kim's childhood, one thing Seoul is certain about is that he spent several years in his teens being schooled in Switzerland. That means there will be a lot of Swiss-inspired dishes for Kim at the banquet. Aside from the Korean twist on rosti, which basically will be fried grated potato from South Korea's Gangwon province topped with cheese, the South Koreans will serve Swiss chocolate, macaroons, and cheesecake, reports the AP.

The set of desserts has been named "Memories of Swiss" by Seoul's presidential Blue House. Also for dessert will be a mango mousse decorated with a blue map symbolizing a unified Korean Peninsula. The map will include a dot representing a small island off the peninsula's eastern coast that has been the subject of a territorial dispute between South Korea and Japan. Japan lodged a protest to Seoul over the island being represented on the mango mousse. Other items on the menu include fish and rice using produce from the hometowns of Moon and his liberal predecessors; North Korea will bring its famous "naengmyeon," or cold buckwheat noodles, made by the head chef of Pyongyang's Okryugwan restaurant.

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