President/ketchup enthusiast Donald Trump is on the second leg of his five-country Asian tour, and earlier today, he landed in South Korea for a day of ceremony and talks with South Korean president Moon Jae-in. And although Trump managed to procure an all-American dinner of steak and chocolate sundaes during his visit with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe earlier this week, according to the Washington Post, an official state dinner served in Trump’s honor “[adhered] to the principle of highlighting the local cuisine.” No burgers and fries here; indeed, the menu sounded (and looked!) pretty great:
Corn porridge accompanied by fresh herb and vegetable side dishes.
Grilled sole from Geoje island, the home town of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, with brown bean sauce consomme.
Pine mushroom rice in a stone pot accompanied by grilled Korean beef ribs, seasoned with a special sauce made with a 360-year-old soy sauce.
Triple chocolate cake with raspberry vanilla sauce, and cinnamon punch granita served with dried persimmons.
Per Reuters, guests enjoyed the meal “while being serenaded by a K-pop singer with an orchestra in the background.” No word yet on how the triple chocolate cake compared to the one served at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, which the President famously ate during an auspicious meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Before the official state dinner, Trump also stopped by U.S. military base Camp Humphreys, where the cafeteria was celebrating “Taco Tuesday.” According to Stars and Stripes, “Trump had tacos, a burrito, and curly fries” for lunch.
U.S., SKorean soldiers waiting for Trump at Camp Humphreys. These guys will sit next to him at lunch. Today’s menu is Mexican food. pic.twitter.com/777YtMTzA4— Kim Gamel (@kimgamel) November 7, 2017
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