hile Xi Jinping didn’t attend the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, China still managed to make its presence felt through the selections on the menu for today’s working lunch.
The menu included Chinese, American, and Korean dishes, but no Singaporean fare, despite the city’s reputation as a culinary capital of Asia. Much to the irritation of locals, there was no Nasi Lemak, no Laksa, no chili crab, and rather than serve Singapore’s famous chicken rice, Yangzhou fried rice was opted for instead, along with sweet and sour pork.
The lunch also included “Asian vegetables,” whatever those are, and an awfully lazy seeming selection of Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Of course, the two leaders aren’t exactly the easiest to prepare a dignified meal for.
Donald Trump is a man of simple and unhealthy culinary tastes, preferring a burger and fries over strange-sounding foods from foreign lands. He likes his steak well-done and covered in ketchup, and has been known to wax poetic over chocolate cake.
Meanwhile, Kim is rumored to have a similarly poor diet consisting of expensivecheese and wine, along with Kobe steaks and meat-heavy pizza, all imported at a high cost while his subjects go hungry.
On Weibo, Chinese netizens were pleased to see Yangzhou fried rice on the menu, but weren’t sure that the popular dish was quite appropriate for a meeting of such magnitude. “Not bad, looks about like what I eat every day,” one joked.
The brief summit ended with Trump and Kim signing a joint-statement. While Trump initially boasted that the agreement far exceeded skeptics’ expectations, in the end, it appears to have instead not even lived up those low expectations with four points that include nothing concrete and zero commitments from the North Korean side.