I had to be a bit creative about how to represent North Korea. I contemplated visiting some restaurants in Flushing which cater to ethnic Korean cuisine from China, just across the border from North Korea. In the end I decided to go with North Korea’s signature dish, Pyongyang noodles. There are also many Korean places where you can get Pyongyang noodles or Hamhung noodles, named after North Korea’s two largest cities. Pronounced raengmyŏn in North Korea and naengmyeon in South Korea, these are buckwheat noodles. In mul raengmyŏn, which originated in Pyongyang, the noodles are served in an icy cold beef broth with slices of beef, Korean pear, pickled radish, and wasabi. Even though for the time-being North Korea is officially off-limits to U.S. tourism you can still try noodles from the Hermit Kingdom.
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