Seated on a warm floor, with this display of food in front of us, life can look pretty good in North Korea.
The food far exceeded my expectations. In fact, as much as I like Korean BBQ (we are regulars at Woo Lae Oak), I realized that I pretty much had no idea that Korean food could be as varied, wholesome and delicious as it was these ten days in North Korea.

Which is not to say that we weren’t treated exceptionally well by the country. It is clear that the North Koreans wanted to impress in particular with the food they served. The breadth and number of dishes was way beyond necessary; but credit must be given to the quality and variety of the ingredients, and to the cooking styles.

Tomorrow I will describe some of these dishes.