Photos: Symbolism and a Swiss touch on the menu at Inter-Korean Summit

Updated On Apr 26, 2018 01:36 PM IST

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be served a nod to his Swiss school days following a high-stakes meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the future of his nukes on Friday April 27, in a historic summit that could bring about a formal truce and lay the groundwork for a Trump-Kim meeting. Other items on the menu include fish and rice using produce from the hometowns of Moon and his liberal predecessors who sought rapprochement with Pyongyang. North Korea will bring its famous cold noodles to the dinner.

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Bibimbap, a dish traditional to both North and South Korea, featuring various vegetables mixed with rice, and banchan sides, will be served at the upcoming inter-Korean summit. Symbolism will be the main course of the banquet at Friday’s summit, Seoul revealed Tuesday, with a menu featuring Pyongyang’s signature dish and food from the home towns of the South’s leaders at previous meetings. (The Blue House / AFP)
Updated on Apr 26, 2018 01:36 PM IST

Bibimbap, a dish traditional to both North and South Korea, featuring various vegetables mixed with rice, and banchan sides, will be served at the upcoming inter-Korean summit. Symbolism will be the main course of the banquet at Friday’s summit, Seoul revealed Tuesday, with a menu featuring Pyongyang’s signature dish and food from the home towns of the South’s leaders at previous meetings. (The Blue House / AFP)

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be served a nod to his Swiss school days following a high-stakes meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the future of his nukes. A Korean “re-interpretation” of the Swiss fried potato dish rosti will highlight the food at the border truce village of Panmunjom. (The Blue House / AFP)
Updated on Apr 26, 2018 01:36 PM IST

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be served a nod to his Swiss school days following a high-stakes meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the future of his nukes. A Korean “re-interpretation” of the Swiss fried potato dish rosti will highlight the food at the border truce village of Panmunjom. (The Blue House / AFP)

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Munbaeju (L), a traditional Korean liquor made from millet and broom-corn, which will be used for toasting, and Dugyeonju (R), an azalea liquor which will also be used during the dinner. The meeting between Kim and Moon is just the third-ever summit between the Koreas, who are now trying to restore ties after a decade of animosity over the North’s nuclear program. (The Blue House / AFP)
Updated on Apr 26, 2018 01:36 PM IST

Munbaeju (L), a traditional Korean liquor made from millet and broom-corn, which will be used for toasting, and Dugyeonju (R), an azalea liquor which will also be used during the dinner. The meeting between Kim and Moon is just the third-ever summit between the Koreas, who are now trying to restore ties after a decade of animosity over the North’s nuclear program. (The Blue House / AFP)

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A snapper steak and a catfish steak, which will be served at the dinner of the upcoming summit. Snapper and catfish are Koreans' favourite sea food. Some of the food will come from the North. Moon suggested the North’s signature dish of cold buckwheat noodles and Pyongyang agreed to send the head chef from Okryu-gwan, a famed restaurant in the capital city, to the venue. (The Blue House / AFP)
Updated on Apr 26, 2018 01:36 PM IST

A snapper steak and a catfish steak, which will be served at the dinner of the upcoming summit. Snapper and catfish are Koreans' favourite sea food. Some of the food will come from the North. Moon suggested the North’s signature dish of cold buckwheat noodles and Pyongyang agreed to send the head chef from Okryu-gwan, a famed restaurant in the capital city, to the venue. (The Blue House / AFP)

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Courses will feature home towns of Southern presidents who led previous summits, with sea food dumplings from Shinan, the home of president Kim Dae-jung who visited Pyongyang in 2000 and rice from Gimhae, the home of Roh Moo-hyun who led the 2007 summit. “We prepared the welcoming dinner to honour the people who worked so hard for peace and unification of our people,” Moon’s office said. (The Blue House / AFP)
Updated on Apr 26, 2018 01:36 PM IST

Courses will feature home towns of Southern presidents who led previous summits, with sea food dumplings from Shinan, the home of president Kim Dae-jung who visited Pyongyang in 2000 and rice from Gimhae, the home of Roh Moo-hyun who led the 2007 summit. “We prepared the welcoming dinner to honour the people who worked so hard for peace and unification of our people,” Moon’s office said. (The Blue House / AFP)

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South Korean chefs at the banquet will also serve grilled beef from cattle at a ranch in the central town of Seosan. The ranch became famous in 1998 when Hyundai founder Chung Ju-yung sent 1,001 cattle from the ranch across the border to the North in an effort to aid reconciliation between the rivals. (The Blue House / AFP)
Updated on Apr 26, 2018 01:36 PM IST

South Korean chefs at the banquet will also serve grilled beef from cattle at a ranch in the central town of Seosan. The ranch became famous in 1998 when Hyundai founder Chung Ju-yung sent 1,001 cattle from the ranch across the border to the North in an effort to aid reconciliation between the rivals. (The Blue House / AFP)

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They will also serve baked John Dory fish steak known as Peter’s fish, a tribute to the port of Busan, where the 65-year-old Moon spent his youth. There will be no dishes from South Korea’s Daegu or Japan’s Osaka, the birth towns of former presidents Park Geun-hye and Lee Myung-bak, who led a decade of conservative rule and employed a hard line against Pyongyang. (The Blue House / AFP)
Updated on Apr 26, 2018 01:36 PM IST

They will also serve baked John Dory fish steak known as Peter’s fish, a tribute to the port of Busan, where the 65-year-old Moon spent his youth. There will be no dishes from South Korea’s Daegu or Japan’s Osaka, the birth towns of former presidents Park Geun-hye and Lee Myung-bak, who led a decade of conservative rule and employed a hard line against Pyongyang. (The Blue House / AFP)

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A mango mousse cake decorated with a garnish in the shape of a unified Korean peninsula. The cake is in a wooden bowl, a symbol of Cold War confrontation, which will be broken by a hammer to symbolize the start of reconciliation. The South Koreans will serve Swiss chocolate, macaroons and cheesecake in a set of desserts that Seoul’s presidential Blue House has named “Memories of Swiss.” (The Blue House / AFP)
Updated on Apr 26, 2018 01:36 PM IST

A mango mousse cake decorated with a garnish in the shape of a unified Korean peninsula. The cake is in a wooden bowl, a symbol of Cold War confrontation, which will be broken by a hammer to symbolize the start of reconciliation. The South Koreans will serve Swiss chocolate, macaroons and cheesecake in a set of desserts that Seoul’s presidential Blue House has named “Memories of Swiss.” (The Blue House / AFP)

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North Korea's mushroom tea and South Korea's tangerine cake, which will be served at the dinner of the inter-Korean summit. The Blue House has a tendency to make political points with its food choices. When US President Donald Trump visited last year, his meal included a prawn fished from the waters around Dokdo, disputed islands controlled by Seoul but claimed by fellow US ally Tokyo. (The Blue House / AFP)
Updated on Apr 26, 2018 01:36 PM IST

North Korea's mushroom tea and South Korea's tangerine cake, which will be served at the dinner of the inter-Korean summit. The Blue House has a tendency to make political points with its food choices. When US President Donald Trump visited last year, his meal included a prawn fished from the waters around Dokdo, disputed islands controlled by Seoul but claimed by fellow US ally Tokyo. (The Blue House / AFP)

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