Singaporean company, Udders Ice Cream spent six months to develop the kimchi ice cream.
SINGAPORE – The Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore was indeed a milestone – the very first time a sitting US president met face to face with the leader of the isolated, highly reserved North Korea.
But what made it similar to other diplomatic events, something that it cannot go without, is food. Journalists would definitely agree that food is the best part of covering such huge events. This is true enough in the Trump-Kim summit as the host country Singapore laid out a huge banquet of more than 20 local and international menus for members of the media.
There were signature Singaporean dishes such as the “kaya” toast paired with egg and coffee, the chicken-rice, and the original “laksa.”
But more notable was Singapore’s twist to Korea’s favorite appetizer, kimchi. Singaporean company Udders Ice Cream spent six months to develop the perfect taste for its newest variety— the kimchi ice cream.
According to Loh Wei Li, business development director of Udders, kimchi ice cream is the company’s way of keeping up with Koreans’ “kimchi diplomacy” that uses kimchi (or Korean food in general) to connect with the world, much like Kim Jong Un’s effort to finally open up.
“Everybody knows kimchi diplomacy. This is our little way of contributing to ‘kimchi diplomacy’ as well,” said Loh.
“It’s interesting because you have that kimchi and the creaminess of the ice cream. That is, I’m kinda not expecting and expecting at the same time,” said Singaporean food stall owner Goh May San who tasted the kimchi ice cream for the first time.
Meanwhile, Loh said Singaporeans were honored to host the Trump-Kim summit, and like the rest of the world, they also expect positive results from the landmark summit.
“(This is) to support the mission for world peace. (We) hope the U.S. and North Korea can resolve their differences and perhaps proceed to common ground and to work toward something peaceful,” Loh concluded. – Marje Pelayo / Maila Guevarra