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Pizza Ban Lifted

Slice Meredith Smith 10 comments

Did you know that pizza was ever illegal anywhere? It was in North Korea, but the ban has been lifted. Pizza wins! More

Videos: North Korea Burgers on Air Koryo and in Pyongyang

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 3 comments

From RocketNews24 comes a look at two burgers in North Korea. First is a burger given as part of the in-flight meal on Air Koryo. The fixings on this burger: mayo and a few slivers of onion. More

North Korea, Home of the Saddest-looking 'Burger'

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 4 comments

The barely filled sandwich-thing above doesn't really look like a burger, but that's what Japanese TV show Miyaneya seems to call it. The "burger" appeared on a TV segment about food in North Korea, says Kotaku. More

Photo of the Day: Fast Food Joint in North Korea

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 4 comments

[Photograph: Irina Kalashnikova/Getty] In May 2009, a Singaporean entrepreneur helped open Samtaesong ("three big stars") in Pyongyang, the first foreign fast food outlet in North Korea. Samtaesong serves fries, Belgian waffles, fried chicken, hot dogs, and the most major... More

Reporter Discovers Hidden Burger Joint in Pyongyang, North Korea

A Hamburger Today Adam Kuban 1 comment

AFP/Yonhap/chosun.com File this under: "Things We Take for Granted in the Free World But Come as a Shock for North Korea." Kristine Kwok, a reporter for Hong Kong's South China Morning Post discovered a fast food burger joint hidden... More

Leftovers: The Day's Stray Links

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North Korea's First Beer Ad (above): "It represents the new look of Pyongyang...It will be a familiar part of our lives." [AdFreak] Food Safety: "We're going to make our new priority preventing (food contamination) from happening in the first place," says VP Biden. [USAT] Regulating School Snack Food: Bill would give USDA oversight even when it comes to school vending machines. [Reuters] Nutritional Labels: Statistics and influence of calorie-labeling on fast-food menus not quite there yet. [WSJ] Napa Valley: The state of the restaurant scene in wine country. [LAT] Convenience Foods: Not all that convenient? [Grist] Nice Jugs: "Jug wines are the Paul Blart: Mall Cop of wines, lovable yet ridiculed." Still, there are some good bottles to be... More

North Korea's Kim Jong-il Finally Gets His Pizzeria

Slice Adam Kuban 8 comments

North Korea now has its first-ever pizzeria. The Guardian reports: An obsession with pizza stretching back at least 10 years prompted the isolated nation's dictator, Kim Jong-il, to authorise North Korea's first Italian restaurant, which opened in December, according to a pro-Pyongyang newspaper published in Japan. "General Kim Jong-il said that the people should also be allowed access to the world's famous dishes," the restaurant's manager, Kim Sang-Soon, was quoted as saying in Choson Sinbo, a Tokyo-based newspaper seen as a mouthpiece for the regime. In a lengthy three-part series for Asia Times in 2001 (1, 2, 3), Italian... More

North Korean Hamburgers Are Delicious

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 12 comments

It's unlikely you'll ever get to try a hamburger in North Korea, but just in case, Jakob Ohlsson wants you to know that 1) they exist, and 2) they're delicious. During a trip to Pyongyang, Ohlsson indulged in a... More

North Korea Develops Hunger-Delaying Noodle

Robyn Lee 2 comments

North Korea has developed a special hunger-delaying noodle to battle food shortages and hunger, according to Japanese pro-Pyongyang newspaper Chonson Sinbon. The noodles, which are made of corn and soybeans, are reported as having "twice as much protein and five times as much fat as ordinary noodles."... More

Reheated: 'I Made Pizza for Kim Jong Il'

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Apologies to long-time Slice readers who may have seen this material already. In light of last night's news, we thought it'd be a disservice not to bring this story to the top of the page again with a quick reheat. So it appears that chubby pipsqueak Kim Jong Il has reared his nattily-coiffed and nutty—and now nuclear—head late yesterday with news of his country's successful test of a nuclear weapon. Our more voracious readers may have seen this story before, or elsewhere, perhaps even years ago, but we think it's worth highlighting here. What is it? It's an Italian pizzaiolo's... More

"I Made Pizza For Kim Jong Il"

Slice Adam Kuban 2 comments

We always enjoy bringing you pizza news, even moreso when it ties in with current events. That's why we've been sitting on the following epic tale for months, waiting for that chubby pipsqueak Kim Jong Il to rear his nattily-coiffed (and nutty) head. With last night's debate touching on nuclear proliferation—specifically in North Korea—and with that tragic country's so-called "Dear Leader" squaking recently about his country's having gone nuclear (or, "noo-cue-lur" as our dear leader pronounces it), well, this material couldn't be timely enough. Our more voracious readers may have seen this elsewhere, perhaps even years ago, but we... More

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