North of South - dining in Pyongyang and regions thereabouts in Elsewhere in Asia/Pacific: Dining Posted November 1, 2014 Let me back up a bit, as I've been a bit abrupt in introducing this. I'd skirted about North Korean cuisine for some time, and had been teased with hints of Pyongyang for decades. Some of you will remember how I picked up the trail in Shanghai, dueling in absinthia with the North Koreans for the honor of Canada's wormwood quaffing reputation. http://forums.egullet.org/topic/100702-across-china-with-the-vermin/?p=1407233 Then there were the two old grannies in Seoul with their amazingly good mandoo, loaded with suk (and a fine steamed chicken, too). But the topper was the Pyongyang Cold Noodle Restaurant in Beijing. That was some of the finest Korean cuisine I've had. Definitely the prettiest. (A story in itself) So, when the 100th anniversary of the Eternal Leader, Kim Il Sung, came up on my automatic reminders, we just had to go. The year before we'd attended a talk by someone who'd been in the North, and then immediately raced back through China to the South so that he could talk with the guards he'd seen from the other side of the DMZ. He'd used a group called Koryo Tours ( http://www.koryogroup.com/ ), and the more I read about them, the more apparent it was that I should make my arrangements through their offices. And I'm always happy for an excuse to eat in Beijing.