Kim Jong Il's Fave Meal: Live Fish

Ex-cook says N. Korean leader's dinners were still moving
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 3, 2009 1:37 PM CDT
In this Korean Central News Agency photo released on April 8, 2008 by Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, center, inspects a company.   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
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(Newser) – For a taste treat, North Korea’s leader prefers live fish with wines and brandies, the Sun reports. “He particularly enjoyed raw fish so fresh that he could start eating as its mouth is still gasping and the tail is still thrashing,” his former cook, who is writing a book on his experience, notes. “I sliced the fish so as not to puncture any of the vital organs, so of course it was still moving.”

“Kim Jong Il was delighted. He would eat with gusto,” said Kenji Fujimoto, who is hiding in Japan after fleeing North Korea. He said the leader would hold “pleasure parties” at which he ordered women to dance nude to “American dance music.” “Kim Jong Il liked to watch,” Fujimoto said.