After handshakes, smiles and a thumbs-up, Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un wrapped up their half-day summit in Singapore with a working lunch. Here’s what was on the menu:
Traditional prawn cocktail served with avocado salad
Green mango kerabu with honey lime dressing and fresh octopus
Korean stuffed cucumber
Beef short rib confit, served with potato dauphinois and steamed broccolini, red wine sauce on the side
Combination of sweet and sour crispy pork and Yangzhou fried rice with homemade XO chilli sauce
soy braised cod fish with radish, Asian vegetables
Dark chocolate tartlet ganache
Haagendazs vanilla ice cream with cherry coulis
According to the Guardian, Trump walked into the dining room with Kim, joking about wanting to get a “beautiful picture” in which he looked nice.
Trump and Kim and teams sit down for a working lunch. Asks photographers: "Did you get a beautiful photo that makes me look nice and handsome and thin and perfect?" Kim just gazes at cameras, looking somewhat stunned.
— Julian Borger (@julianborger) June 12, 2018
Some highlights of the menu included mango kerabu, a fresh mouth-watering salad dish popular among Malaysians, Yangzhou fried rice, which originates from southern China, and Korean dishes including the“Oiseon” stuffed cucumber and “Daegu Jorim” cod. The menu is kind of out of Trump’s comfort zone till it gets to dessert—he’s known as a huge fan of vanilla ice cream, and eats two scoops of it every day.
Despite outsiders not knowing a lot about his food habits, Kim Jong Un has been described as a foodie who loves luxury foreign foods—especially cheese, which did not feature on the menu. Today’s working lunch seems lighter on the symbolism than the menu at the inter-Korean summit in April, where South Korea served Kim rösti, a Swiss potato fritter dish he enjoyed in his boarding school days in Switzerland, and a cheery mango mousse cake symbolizing Korean unity that managed to anger Japan.
One of the most talked about dishes at the Trump-Kim summit, however, was not actually served at the working lunch. The thousands of reporters in Singapore covering the summit have been analyzing the kimchi ice cream offered to them at the media center in quite some detail.
Your pleas for an update have not gone unheeded. Meant to post this earlier, but then news kept happening. As others here have pointed out, the flavor is perhaps best described as tasting like "cold kimchi." This is about as far as I could make it. pic.twitter.com/E0Uji33xau
— Jonathan Cheng (@JChengWSJ) June 11, 2018