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Trump-Kim summit: hedonistic Vietnamese menu for dinner in Hanoi



King crab, Wagyu beef, and lotus seeds were on the menu at a leaders dinner between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Wednesday evening.

The leaders sat down to eat at 7:00 p.m. local (7:AM ET) after a 20 minute one-on-one meeting at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi.

A copy of the menu was obtained by pool journalists covering the leaders during the second-ever meeting between leaders of the two countries.

Footage of Trump and Kim at dinner were broadcast from Hanoi on Wednesday.
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Here’s what the chefs had in store for Trump and Kim.

Course 1:

Fresh shredded green mango salad with scallops, mint leaves, and cashew nuts, served in a sweet vinaigrette dressing.

Course 2:

Deep fried Hanoi style spring rolls with shrimp pork vermicelli, and vegetables, served with a side of sweet and sour fish sauce, and red chilies.

Course 3:

King Crab meat and spinach in a light seafood-based broth.

Course 4:

Grilled cod fish “cha ca.”

Roasted Wagyu beef medallions with foie gras, and a semi-sweet fermented black rice sauce.

Sauted “su su” vegetables with garlic (crispy green chayote stems and leaves.)

Steamed sticky glutinous rice with shrimp, wrapped in a lotus leaf.

Course 5:

A traditional Vietnamese dessert consisting of lotus seeds, longans, and white wood-ear mushrooms, served warm and in a light sugary soup.

Joining Trump at the dinner was US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and interpreter Dr. Yun-hyang Lee.

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Joining Kim at dinner was Central Committee of the Worker’s Party of North Korea vice chairman Kim Yong Chol, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ri Yong Ho, and interpreter Sin Hye Yong.

Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Cheng tweeted this image of the occasion:

White House and North Korean officials had been stuck in a last minute back-and-forth over the menu, with the US delegation reportedly especially keen to keep the menu “super simple,” according to CNN.

The president is well known for his love of fast food, burgers, pizza, and steak.

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