- Sirloin steak and chocolate lava cake were on the menu for President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un when they dined together on Wednesday night in Hanoi, Vietnam.
- The four-course menu was served at Hanoi’s Metropole Hotel at 7 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET,) but was decided at the last minute according to CNN.
- Earlier that day, Trump had a decadent five-course meal with the leader of Vietnam.
- Scroll down to see the full menu.
Sirloin steak and chocolate lava cake were on the menu at a dinner between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Wednesday evening.
The leaders sat down to eat at 7 p.m. local (7 a.m. ET) after a 20-minute one-on-one meeting at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi.
A copy of the menu was published by the White House pool report, during the second in-person meeting between Kim and the US president.
Here’s what the chefs had in store for Trump and Kim.
Shrimp cocktail, romaine leaves, thousand island dressing, diced avocado, fresh lemon and herbs
Marinated tender sirloin grilled with sauce, served with kimchi fermented inside a pear.
Chocolate lava cake, chocolate crumble, wish fresh berries and vanilla ice cream.
Dried Persimmon and honey punch.
Joining Trump at the dinner was US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney; and an interpreter, Yun-hyang Lee.
Joining Kim at dinner was the high-ranking North Korean official Kim Yong Chol; the country’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho; and an interpreter, Sin Hye Yong.
The Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Cheng tweeted this image of the occasion:
— Jonathan Cheng (@JChengWSJ) February 27, 2019
White House and North Korean officials were reportedly stuck in a last-minute back-and-forth over the menu. CNN said the US delegation was keen to keep the menu “super simple”.
The final version appears to suit Trump’s tastes, include his well-known fondness for steak.
Earlier that day, Trump attended a working lunch with Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, where the menu was Vietnamese and significantly more dedcadent:
Fresh shredded green mango salad with scallops, mint leaves and cashew nuts served in a sweet vinaigrette dressing.
Deep fried Hanoi style spring rolls with shrimp, pork, vermicelli, and vegetables served with a side of sweet and sour fish sauce and red chillies.
King crab meat and spinach in a light seafood-based broth
Grilled cod fish “cha ca”; roasted Wagyu beef medallions with foie gras and a semi-sweet fermented black rice sauce; sautéed “su su” vegetables with garlic (crispy green chayote stems and leaves); steamed sticky glutinous rice with shrimp wrapped in a lotus leaf.
A traditional Vietnamese dessert consisting of lotus seeds, longans, and white wood-ear mushrooms served warm and in a light sugary syrup.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post reported a different, more elaborate menu for Donald Trump’s
meal with Kim Jong Un. This was in fact the menu for Donald Trump’s earlier lunch with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
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