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N. Koreans get taste of fast food

YOU still can't get a hamburger in Pyongyang, but the suspiciously similar "minced beef and bread" is for sale at the North Korean capital's first fast-food restaurant, a news report said on Saturday.

The Samtaesong restaurant opened in the country last month in cooperation with a Singaporean company, according to the Tokyo-based Choson Sinbo.

The Singaporean company, which the newspaper did not name, provided training to restaurant staff and supplied equipment.

The restaurant's interior appears to be styled after fast-food joints the world over. The minced beef and bread at the new fast-food restaurant costs only US$1.70, the newspaper said.

The restaurant also offers kimchi - spicy pickled cabbage - waffles and beer.

It plans to add croissants and hot dogs to its menu in the coming months but with Korean names, and will open another branch soon.

This is not the government's first foray into foreign food.

In March, the Choson Sinbo reported the country's first Italian restaurant's opening, saying the chefs there were trained in Italy.


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