Ep.13 [KOREAN WAR | 70TH ANNIVERSARY] Korean Food Shaped by History - Part 4. Defectors, A Taste of Home
World Ch. Schedule : THU 08:30 KST
Date : 2020-07-17
Korean Food Shaped by History
After the Korean War (June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953), a border firmly divided the Koreas. Around the mid to late 1990s, South Korea began to see a rising number in North Koreans who defected to the South for political, ideological, religious, economic or personal reasons.
The defectors brought their food culture with them, and the South got a taste of foods like ‘dubu bap’ (rice with tofu), cold noodle dish ‘Pyeongyang naengmyeon,’ ‘eobok jaengban’ (boiled meat with vegetables), ‘Pyeongyang onban’ (rice with toppings in broth) and more.
Despite the division, food brought a sense of unity to the country and we explore that through interviews with N. Korea defectors and restaurateurs, their customers and a renowned food critic.