U.S. first woman Melania Trump places on a shawl to a South Korean woman on the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (Ahn Young-joon/Associated Press)
By Hyung-Jin Kim | AP By Hyung-Jin Kim | AP November 7 at 5:09 AM
SEOUL, South Korea — When it involves tea time in South Korea, nothing is just too good for the U.S. chief and his spouse.
South Korea’s first woman made particular refreshments for President Donald Trump and spouse Melania to take pleasure in throughout their go to on Tuesday: dried persimmons filled with walnuts and coated with chocolate.
A dried persimmon, referred to as “ggotgam” in Korean, is a conventional native delicacy and continues to be used as a preferred present merchandise in fashionable South Korea. But the addition of walnuts and chocolate makes it a rarity that the majority South Koreans have doubtless by no means tasted.
First woman Kim Jung-sook, identified to be a superb cook dinner, personally picked persimmons from bushes raised at Seoul’s mountainside presidential Blue House and dried them for a number of weeks below the compound’s eaves. She later put walnuts into the persimmons earlier than coating them with chocolate with the badistance of a meals specialist, based on South Korea’s presidential workplace.
Kim, the spouse of President Moon Jae-in, put in “extreme care” for the meals to indicate “the highest level of courtesy” towards the Trumps and made them simply hours earlier than they have been served throughout a tea break to take care of their freshness, based on South Korea’s Yonhap information company.
Served with the persimmons have been cups of black tea mixing hydrangeas grown on a mountain in South Korea’s jap alpine ski city of Pyeongchang, the location of the 2018 Winter Olympics, with Asian and Western herbs. The tea is dubbed “serene morning of Pyeongchang,” based on the presidential workplace.
Before the tea break, whereas their husbands held summit talks, the primary women strolled round a backyard on the Blue House, with Kim telling Melania Trump about Korean wild flowers. The two girls additionally met dozens of kids who have been invited to the Blue House and positioned on their necks scarves in crimson, white and blue, the colours of the South Korean and U.S. flags.
Known to Moon’s supporters as “Joyful Jung-sook,” the 62-year-old Kim, a vocal music main in faculty, usually sang songs in help of her husband at public occasions earlier than Moon, a 64-year-old former human rights lawyer, gained May’s presidential election.
They went to the identical Seoul college, and Kim has stated that she met Moon on a blind date organized by a buddy who stated Moon resembled French actor Alain Delon. In his memoir, Moon stated he had informed Kim that he was most likely destined to enter Kyung Hee University solely to satisfy his future spouse, who handled him when he was struck by pepper fog throughout a pro-democracy rally within the 1970s.
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