Singaporean brought fast food to Pyongyang

Businessman Patrick Soh, who trained staff and taught them how to make hamburgers for the Samtaesong eatery, said the training went smoothly as the North Koreans were "very polite and disciplined".
Businessman Patrick Soh, who trained staff and taught them how to make hamburgers for the Samtaesong eatery, said the training went smoothly as the North Koreans were "very polite and disciplined".PHOTO: PATRICK SOH

In 2009, businessman Patrick Soh's job was to open the first fast-food eatery in North Korea, one of the world's most reclusive states.

But it was not a tall order.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2018, with the headline 'Singaporean brought fast food to Pyongyang'. Subscribe