Lifestyle & Belief

North Korea taunts 'housewives' with a cooking website they can't afford

So there's a cooking website in North Korea billed for "housewives' convenience."

It has hundreds of recipes, a survey of restaurants in the hermit kingdom and details about how you can get in touch with the Korean Association for Cooks.

It also has a cool catalogue where you select an ingredient and it generates lots of recipes, from North Korea and elsewhere, that include that ingredient. How cosmopolitan. 

Only thing is, in North Korea about 80 percent of households lack essential items necessary for a healthy diet. Millions of children are at risk of malnutrition. People are so hungry that those rumors about people eating other people don't sound as farfetched as they might otherwise.


The website was covered by North Korea's state media, KCNA, back in 2012 and 2013, but wasn't available internationally until recently, according to the Guardian.

KCNA reported in 2012 that the site "deals with common knowledge and theories on variety of dishes and how to cook them."

"It also offers such data as origins and anecdotes about dishes and global trend in cooking development. It has a distinctive catalogue for serving housewives’ convenience,” which includes staple Korean dishes such as kimchi.