Pyongyang Naeng-Myon (Cold Noodles)
Naung-myon is made from a mix of wheat, buckwheat and potatoes.
The mixing ratio varies from region to region in North Korea.
In Shinuiju and Anju, potatoes predominate in the mix, while
in Kaesong, wheat predominates in the mix. North Koreans are
crazy about naeng-myon. After devouring a good deal of grilled
meat, they consume naeng-myon as much as 200 grams!
Gasoline-baked clams can be found only in North Korea. Huge
clams were laid on a gravel pit covered with pine leaves,
gasoline from a beer bottle is then poured over the pit. He
then lighted the fuel. Suprisingly the baked clams had no
trace of the gasoline and are extremely tasty.
It is one of the traditional Korean food used by Koreans for
thousands of years. Koreans have made bean paste in their
families. Today it is idustrially made.
It is one of the subsidiary food as well as bean paste mixed
with red pepper or soysauce with vinegar.
Bean paste adds specific flavour to the other dishes. It has
higher callorific value. Everyday Koreans eat 30g to 50g of
bean paste which contains of over 60 kinds of nutrients.
Soju has many varieties depending on the methods of distillation;
hwaju, roju, etc. Soju can be made by individuals. Noted among
soju are Kamhongno of Pyongyang, Riganggo of Hwanghae Province.
Kokju(corn wine) and acorn wine are widespread. They have
moderate alcoholic content and aromatic flavour.
The Pyongyang Onban is one of the famous food in Pyongyang.
Boiled rice is put in a bowl and covered with green bean pancake
and sliced chicken. It is served with a boiling soy soup dressed
with spiced soysauce, green onion, fried eggs cut in slices,
salty sesame and pepper. Spiced soysauce and nabak kimchi
made of white radish are served together with the Pyongyang
Paektusan Blueberry Wine
It is a prestigious wine made from blueberry, a speciality
of the Paektu Mountains. Blueberries grow in the Samjiyon
County. Every year several thousands tons are gathered. Containing
63 percent of sugar and 1.8 percent of acidity, the wine is
exhilarating with beautiful color.
Pansanggi is a set of dishes for a table. An odd number of
dishes ranging from 5 to 11 are usually served(except rice
and soup). Pansanggi of Kaesong is famous. The brasswares
with dishes stimulates the appetite.
Kaesong Koryo Insam
Koryo insam is better than the other kinds of ginseng for
its peculiar soil, water and weather conditions.
According to the methods of processing, Koryo insam is grouped
into three kinds; hongsam, paeksam and thangsam. They are
all of high quality and have special medicinal virtues.
Insam protects five organs of the body and is good for brain,
afterbrain, heart and blood vessels,while stimulating the
internal secretory glands and promoting metabolism. Nowadays
it is said that insam also prevents radioactivity and cancer.