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Trump-Kim summit: Pudding to paper, every detail matters

Summits like the Trump-Kim meeting on June 12 call for party planning on steroids, and even then, the unexpected can happen

Not too long ago in a South-east Asian nation, the pudding for the official banquet for a visiting high-level delegation from South America was ondeh-ondeh.

Aware that the food was for the highest in the land, the caterers had stuffed the delicate rice balls with an extra dose of melted palm sugar. As the dinner wound to a close, a member of the visiting delegation speared the ondeh-ondeh and was surprised by a spurt of brown syrup decorating his starched white military dress. It was the last time the Nonya dessert featured on the banquet menu of that government house.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2018, with the headline 'Pudding to paper, every detail matters'. Print Edition | Subscribe