When North and South Korean officials met for a banquet ahead of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in February, South Korea served up a blue dessert made in the shape of the Korean peninsula complete with a piece of barbed wire made out of chocolate, overlaid by a white chocolate glob to suggest the melting down of the wire.

South Korea is skilled at sending messages through culinary creativity. At a banquet with US president Donald Trump last year, Seoul sent a decidedly frosty message to Japan through its menu, serving up a prawn from the disputed islets claimed by Korea as Dokdo and Japan as Takeshima. Also present at the dinner was a woman who was forced to work as a sex slave for Japanese troops during World War II.

Japan launched an official protest to Seoul over the Trump banquet, and is now objecting to the mango mousse that will feature at the upcoming inter-Korea summit for its sugary reference to the disputed isles.

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