By Hao Che
Food and Drink Correspondent
PYONGYANG (China Daily Show) – A controversial lunch in Pyongyang went off without a hitch, North Korean media reported this weekend.
Over protests from the US, Japan and South Korea, Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un successfully polished off a four-course pan-Asian banquet of cheeseburgers, rooster testicles and foie gras in front of an ecstatic crowd of 18,000.
The politically charged luncheon was televised to mark the 100th birthday of the late leader – and current president – Kim Il-sung, founder of the Deeply Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The meal triggered alarm in the international community, however, with the UN suggesting it was an affront to the country’s poverty-stricken population and Japanese diplomats jeering that Jong-un was incapable of handling his desserts.
After the portly Jong-un finished the high-profile meal with a Campari-based apertif and amuse-bouche flourish, Chinese Preident Hu Jintao dispatched a congratulatory telegram, noting that “the whole of our country’s belly shares your sense of contentment and filling. I knew you could do this.”
Celebrations in the North Korean capital continued until well past 5pm, with the state television channel broadcasting the live KTV session direct from the Ministry of Truthfulness canteen.
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