Connect to share and comment

Kim Jong-il's Favorite Type Of Sushi Was Fatty Tuna

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Adam Johnson interviewed the personal sushi chef and sidekick of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il for GQ.

Toro sushi 2013 6 13Enlarge
Toro, the fatty bluefin tuna belly. (Flickr Commons)

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Adam Johnson interviewed the personal sushi chef and sidekick of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il for GQ.

The story how Japanese sushi chef Kenji Fujimoto (an alias) was able to join Kim's inner circle and become one of his most trusted confidants.

The entire piece is flabbergasting, and worth a read. One juicy tidbit revealed by Johnson is Kim's favorite sushi dish: Toro, or fatty tuna.

He writes:

All the men wore military uniforms except for one imperious fellow in a casual sports tracksuit. This man was curious about the fish. He asked Fujimoto about the marbled, fleshy cuts he was preparing.

"That's toro," Fujimoto told him.

For the rest of the night, this man kept calling out, "Toro, one more!"

Later, Fujimoto learned the man in the tracksuit was none other than Kim Jong-il, or Jang-gun-nim as his entourage called him — "honored general."

He would go on to stay with Kim for 11 years, playing nanny to his sons and witnessing the inner circle's outrageous partying and luxurious lifestyle.

The Japanese sushi chef would also hear the constant refrain: "Toro, one more!"

 

More from our partners at Business Insider:

Police Investigating Apparent Suicide On The Yacht Of Red Sox Owner John Henry

Michael Cera Had To Get Permission To Slap Rihanna's Butt In 'This Is The End'

Swedish Students Go To College For Free And Still Wind Up With Five-Figure Debt

Stay Fit With Just 12 Minutes Of Intense Exercise Per Week

Frightening Drone Footage Shows Near Miss With Airbus A300 Over Kabul

Original Source URL: 
http://www.businessinsider.com/kim-jong-ils-favorite-sushi-was-toro-2013-6

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/north-korea/130603/kim-jong-ils-favorite-type-sushi-was-fatty-tun