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North Korea claims Kim Jong Il invented the burrito

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On the other side of the world from Mexico, North Korea – known for its food shortages – now claims the burrito was invented by Kim Jong Un’s late father, according to reports.

Kim Jong Il, who died in 2011, created the salty staple food called “wheat wraps,” a North Korean state news agency recently reported.

A video accompanying the story showed citizens of the Hermit Kingdom devouring food. Kim suggested eating the burritos with tea in the winter, according to the report.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is seen in Russia on August 24, 2011.
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But the story has sparked some skepticism.

“I’ve never seen burritos or wraps on sale in North Korea,” defector Hyun-seung Lee said, according to the Washington Examiner. “The penetration rate of western food in North Korea is extremely low, as there are very few restaurants where it can be eaten, and the food ingredients are not diverse.”

He said North Korea didn’t even have the ingredients to make burritos or the ability to supply them to citizens.

“There is a complete lack of various cooking ingredients such as milk, cheese and spices,” he said.

A North Korean outlet claimed that Kim Jong Il invented the burrito more closely associated with Mexican culture.

A North Korean outlet claimed that Kim Jong Il invented the burrito more closely associated with Mexican culture.
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Western understanding of the history of the burrito, though shrouded in a bit of spicy mystery and folklore, likely began in pre-colonial Mexico when native Mexicans filled corn tortillas with meat and cheese – and with the Pueblo people native to the southwestern United States, according to Britannica.

Pyongyang, North Korea - May 5, 2019: Street scene.  A woman does her shopping in a small store on the street.

Pyongyang, North Korea – May 5, 2019: Street scene. A woman does her shopping in a small store on the street.
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The word “burrito” first appeared in a Mexican dictionary in 1895 that said it was a regional food from Guanajuato in the central part of the country, according to the New York Post.

The dictatorship has also claimed in the past that Kim invented the burger, the reviewer reported.

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