11 Instagram photos that reveal what people are eating in North Korea

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This year, one of the worst droughts in North Korea's history has decimated crop production, leaving millions starving.

The number of hungry people in the country has more than doubled since 1990, rising to 10.5 million people in 2014, according to the UN.

But you wouldn't know that by looking at images posted on Instagram, which paint a different picture. North Koreans who can afford to eat out also like to photograph their meals.

These food shots offer a glimpse into the daily lives of affluent people in one of the most isolated countries on Earth.

Take a look.

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In North Korea, an assortment of small side dishes — called banchan — is commonly served with meals.

In North Korea, an assortment of small side dishes — called banchan — is commonly served with meals.

 

Some restaurants offer Royal Court Cuisine, a traditional, gourmet spread inspired by the feasts historically served to kings.

Some restaurants offer Royal Court Cuisine, a traditional, gourmet spread inspired by the feasts historically served to kings.

 

A full-course meal of Royal Court Cuisine consists of a hotpot, rice, soup and more, along with 12 banchan dishes that are traditionally served in bronzeware.

A full-course meal of Royal Court Cuisine consists of a hotpot,  rice, soup and more, along with 12 banchan dishes that are traditionally served in bronzeware.

 

Some in North Korea will eat dog meat, which is treated as a delicacy for special occasions. They call it "sweet meat."

Some in North Korea will eat dog meat, which is treated as a delicacy for special occasions. They call it "sweet meat."

 

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At a takeout restaurant in the capital, the menu offers grilled beef, fried pine-nuts, roast bean-curd, and fish wrapped in silver paper.

At a takeout restaurant in the capital, the menu offers grilled beef, fried pine-nuts, roast bean-curd, and fish wrapped in silver paper.

 

Biofeel is a popular brand of yogurt that comes in tiny cartons.

Biofeel is a popular brand of yogurt that comes in tiny cartons.

 

These strawberry ice cream cones, which the Instagrammer compares to the packaged Italian Cornettos, are also popular.

These strawberry ice cream cones, which the Instagrammer compares to the packaged Italian Cornettos, are also popular.

 

Cold noodles (known as naengmyeon) are another classic meal in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital. The noodles are often made from buckwheat and sit in a clear, cold broth with a dried egg and a few slices of meat.

Cold noodles (known as naengmyeon) are another classic meal in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital. The noodles are often made from buckwheat and sit in a clear, cold broth with a dried egg and a few slices of meat.

 

A less common dish is fruit pizza, sold at an Italian restaurant in Pyongyang. It's topped with oranges, pears, peppers, spices, and cheese.

A less common dish is fruit pizza, sold at an Italian restaurant in Pyongyang. It's topped with oranges, pears, peppers, spices, and cheese.

 

On North Korea's national airline, Air Koryo, attendants serve burgers as an in-flight meal.

On North Korea's national airline, Air Koryo, attendants serve burgers as an in-flight meal.

 

Taedonggang is one of the most well-known beers in North Korea, and is named after a river that runs through the capital. There's a beer ration from the government, and only men get monthly vouchers.

Taedonggang is one of the most well-known beers in North Korea, and is named after a river that runs through the capital. There's a beer ration from the government, and only men get monthly vouchers.

 

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