Wednesday, May 18, 2011

COLBY AS FOODIE: NORTH KOREA


North Korea isn't exactly known for its fine dining, but the Hermit Kingdom has produced one amazing chef in former North Korean spy Young-Ae.  Where else can you find perhaps the only North Korean restaurant in the United States: suburban DC.  I decided to try the restaurant with some friends before heading out to the Korean Spa in Virginia.  With a menu completely in Hangul and a clientele of North Korean refugees, it might feel intimidating at first.  If your language skills need a little polish, just ask for the specialty: Pyongyang soondae (blood sausage with rice and pork).  Our waiter liked us so much we even got extra tripe!  The best part I can't even show you: hung in an awkward corner of the dining room you'll find a framed inkjet printout of a completely random scene from the 1997 blockbuster Titanic.  Why?  Its a state secret.      



5 comments:

  1. Wow. That is some very hot food porn. I will absolutely check this place out. I hear the blood sausage puts the starch in your noodle.
    So I went out to the spa on Sunday, the last day before coming out here to the country, and spent 8 hours there. Populations--bears (oddly enough), Koreans and Russians in an ebb and flow of gangs. Weirdest thing was about 9 pm in the sauna, two guys in what appeared to be North Korean army hats talking very animated Russian with three Russian guys. (Yes, we got a little squeezed in there.)

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  2. If you have not seen this already you might find it interesting. It's 3 parts but worth watching. http://www.vbs.tv/watch/the-vice-guide-to-travel/vice-guide-to-north-korea-1-of-3

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  3. How is Spa World? Is it similar to, say, Crew Club? I can't tell from their website...

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  4. Hi Anonymous. Its not a sex space AT ALL. You will find plenty of children roaming around and stern Korean staff to prevent any hanky panky. If you are looking for sex I'd recommend you stick with the Crew Club.

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  5. very cool. I love North Korean food and the spas are great. I hope that you had a great time, Colby

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