The historical summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un on June 12 reportedly costed Singapore a sum of RM60 million. But it might not be a total loss as the country may have reaped a handsome return to the tune of around RM2 billion thanks to tourism, retail and media exposure, according to a media intelligence analyst.
Taking advantage of the positive media buzz, some restaurants have cleverly crafted menus that mark the historic meeting with food that incorporate American and North Korean influences. Here are a few interesting ones that will make Malaysian foodies’ tummy rumble:
1. TRUMP-KIMCHI DRY-AGED BEEF NASI LEMAK
Nasi lemak brand Harmony Nasi Lemak offered a nasi lemak that combines dry-aged beef from the United States, with kimchi, basmati rice, and sambal with ikan bilis.
The dish is served in a bowl, and with chopsticks – a symbol of Asian culture, to mark the US and North Korea coming together in Singapore.
2. TRUMP-KIM BURGER AND SUMMIT ICED TEA
Royal Plaza on Scotts hotel came out with the grilled Trump-Kim Burger which consists of a minced chicken, seaweed and kimchi patty, served with Korean rice rolls and fries.
The Summit Iced Tea is specially concocted by infusing Korean honey yuzu into traditional iced tea – which is said to have originated in America.
3. “THE BURGER FOR WORLD PEACE”
Gourmet burger restaurant Wolf Burgers introduced a “Burger for World Peace”, a take on the American Philly cheeseteak with Korean influences.
The burger comprises bulgolgi marinated shabu brisket, kimchi mayo, Korean-style pickled radish as well as caramelised onions and American sharp cheddar.
4. THE ROCKET MAN AND EL TRUMPO TACOS
Mexican restaurant and bar Lucha Loco came up with a “Loco Taco Summit” with its two seasonal tacos.
The Rocket Man Taco, representing Mr Kim, features Korean fried chicken, spicy dressing, pickled white radish and sesame. Meanwhile, the El Trumpo Taco comprises a beef patty, melted cheese, lettuce, chipotle ketchup, secret sauce and pickles.
5. COWBOY KIMCHI BURGER
This burger from The Butcher’s Kitchen features a US Black Angus beef patty as well as fresh kimchi, onions, tomatoes and romaine lettuce on a homemade bun.
6. #WORLDBEAST BURGER
The #worldbeast burger from The Beast comprises of a beef patty, bacon jam and BBQ sauce sandwiched between oozy fried mac and cheese ‘buns’ in the American half, while the Korean half offers a bulgogi beef patty, caramelised onions and creamy garlic sauce in deep-fried kimchi rice ‘buns’.