This photo, captured from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s Twitter account, shows the top US diplomat enjoying Korean tofu stew in Seoul. (US Secretary of State)US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that he had the pleasure of eating spicy Korean tofu stew during his trip to Seoul this week, in an apparent show of affection for Korean cuisine and culture.
On Thursday, Blinken wrapped up his two-day trip to Korea, which was part of the Joe Biden administration’s first Cabinet-level overseas trip meant to highlight its priority to “reinvigorate and modernize” democratic alliances against a recalcitrant North Korea and an assertive China.
“I remembered how delicious the Sundubu-jjigae tasted back in 2016 on my trip to Seoul,” he tweeted Thursday. “I am so glad I was able to enjoy it again during this visit.
Sundubu-jjigae is a Korean stew made with soft tofu as a key ingredient.
Senior US officials like former US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun have shown their affection for Korean dishes sometimes by visiting local traditional restaurants during their trips here — apparently as part of public diplomacy. (Yonhap)
He sure looks like a fellow enjoying his food, doesn’t he? Just look at that smile. It almost mumble screams “I want to eat human food.”
Seriously, though — I’m not one to cast stones at those who take pictures of their food. This site would be bereft of engaging content without such photographic evidence of culinary delights.
And yet, a more honest picture would have him with a bib, using chopsticks, and the kimchi & pickles would be picked over. Ideally there would be a bead of sweat slaloming its way down his Black Diamond forehead. Little balled napkins and wet wipes would litter the table from his ultimately futile attempts to rub the spicy off of his lips.