Trump to Dine on Beef Ribs and 360-Year-Old Soy Sauce on Visit to South Korea

Fermented foods are a delicacy in South Korea

On Donald Trump’s recent visit to Japan, he dined on all-American beef burgers, steak, and ice cream. At the president’s next destination — Seoul, South Korea — the dinner menu reflects the country’s own cuisine. At Blue House restaurant, Trump will be served beef ribs accompanied by a gravy made with a fancy 360-year-old soy sauce.

Fermented food is a staple in South Korea. At a food show in 2012, a soy sauce claimed to be 405 years old sold for $90,000, according to AFP News.

“I’ve had fermented soy sauce. To me it was just very salty. But I do hope POTUS tries to use chopsticks,” @ghobubo wrote on Twitter.

“Koreans are too pleased with their own food. It’s not for everyone; should be gracious and provide something more familiar to POTUS,” @kaybuenosyo said, referring to the president's usual diet of cornflakes, Keebler Vienna Fingers, and meatloaf sandwiches.

But for dessert, Blue House will indeed serve one of the wealthy gourmand’s favorites: chocolate cake, which is apparently a great dish for diplomacy. During an interview with Fox News, Trump recollected what he was doing while the U.S. launched 59 unmanned missiles into Syria: sharing “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you have ever seen” with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago resort.

According to Bloomberg, Trump is in South Korea to meet with U.S. troops and President Moon Jae-in to talk about relations with North Korea. During their initial meeting, Trump said he’d negotiate “good deals” with Moon that would lead to military sales and a decrease in the trade deficit. Moon applauded Trump for “making America great again” and complimented him on leading international efforts to deal with nuclear threats from North Korea.


To dive deeper into 45’s food choices, check out these 10 nutritionists who weighed in on Donald Trump’s diet.