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Photos of the dishes shown on the website - but how many North Koreans can actually afford to cook them?
‘Fancy’, healthy dishes featured, but irony of the situation not lost on Netizens.
North Korea has launched a cooking website in a bid to preserve and promote traditional recipes from the “Hermit Kingdom”.
In addition to a comprehensive catalogue of recipes that includes 82 different ways to prepare rice, cooks.org.kp also features cookery books and a restaurant guide.
North Korean cuisine is milder and less pungent than its southern counterpart. Their signature dish is a bowl of buckwheat noodles in a cold, vinegary broth topped with boiled egg, sliced cucumbers and meat.
Mul naengmyun is a popular summer dish as it’s also customary to chill the broth with ice cubes.
Last year, the Korean Food Foundation, a national tourism initiative created to promote Korean cuisine around the world, launched a cooking programme teaching participants how to cook traditional North Korean recipes like Pyongyang onban (chicken in rice-and-soup), chogyetang (chilled chicken soup) and Haeju bibimbap – a bowl of rice topped with mixed vegetables, pork and chicken.
But the irony of a North Korean cooking website that features a bounty of beautifully stylized dishes in generous portions hasn’t been lost on the Internet, which is calling out the scheme.
“North Korea taunts ‘housewives’ with a cooking website they can’t afford”, reads the headline on Globalpost.com.
In a preface to Northkoreatech.org’s report, The Guardian writes: “From kimchi to yakbap, Korean Dishes offers hundreds of recipes. But with few North Koreans able to access the website, and millions lacking the food for a healthy diet, who will use it?”
It’s been estimated that 80% of households in North Korea lack essential items for a healthy diet, while millions of children are at risk of malnutrition, says Globalpost. – AFP Relaxnews
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