North Koreans Pyongyang Naengmyeon


Residents of the North Korean capital Pyongyang are seeking relief from the heat wave sweeping the peninsula at a cold noodle restaurant beside the Taedong River, North Korean propaganda website DPRK Today reported Thursday.

The Okryu-gwan, or Okryu Restaurant, is famous for its cold noodle called “Pyongyang naengmyeon.” It is crowded all year round, but has been witnessing up to triple the number of customers a day during the sweltering conditions, the report said.


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Pyeongyang naengmyeon is a buckwheat noodle dish served with cold chicken, beef or pork soup. Chopped pear, cucumber, kimchi and slices of chicken, pork and beef, together with a boiled egg, are placed on top of the noodles.

North Koreans Pyongyang Naengmyeon

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Vinegar and mustard sauce come with the dish, which is served in brassware to “stimulate appetite,” the report said.

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The Okryu restaurant boosted its reputation in South Korea after the inter-Korean summit in April. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s remark that he brought Pyongyang naengmyeon to treat President Moon Jae-in triggered a “cold naengmyeon craze.”

A pop-up store, “The 1st Okryu-gwan,” was run by chef Yim Jung-sik on July 6 at Incheon International Airport. Broadcaster MBC covered the event.

Source: The Korea Times

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