Facebook have just been good enough to remind about the epic trip I took 5 years ago. This involved living in Transnistria, visiting Crimea and attending the Rason International Trade Fair of 2015. And it was here that I discovered North Korean potato soda.
Rason Trade Fair
I won’t go into huge detail about the Rason Trade Fair, but it is essentially a trade fair where mostly Chinese, but also North Korean companies get to showcase their products in the main Special Economic Zone of North Korea.
Now, when you keep in mind the huge amount of sanctions that North Korea are dealing with then you will understand that the kind of companies that end up here are weird at best.
North Korea and potatoes
Potatoes are not native to North Korea, but they grow well here, which meant that they were heavily promoted by former leader Kim Jong Il. There is even a song that promotes everything that is good and potato, of course with a socialist flair.
North Korean potato soda
Like any trade fair they give away free stuff at the Rason Trade Fair. I like most people on the planet like free stuff. August in Rason is damned hot, so when I saw someone giving away free soft drinks I jumped upon it. Potato soda? Why not?
What does Rason Poato soda taste like?
On initial chugging (see photo) it tastes like a normal soft-drink and at first I literally loved it. Had I discovered the next big thing? No I had not. Whilst it is sweet and goes down like a normal soft drink it has an aftertaste of potato.
No soft-drink should have a potato aftertaste. Apparently potato soda is really good for you, but alas Potato Soda has yet to set the world alight.