Kim Jong-wrong: The kebab seller in China who has cooked up a storm

Mar 25, 2014, 07:36 IST | Agencies

A street food trader with an uncanny resemblance to Kim Jong-un has become a smash hit in China

Beijing: One is the most infamous dictator in the world today... the other’s a kebab cook — but can you tell them apart?

Street food trader Manchu Tuan has been mobbed by customers eager to get a peek at him after his resemblance to the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was pointed out in a local paper.

Will the real Kim Jong-un please stand up? Manchu Tuan, a street trader (above), with an uncanny resemblance to Kim Jong-un (below), has found himself inundated with customers ever since snaps of him appeared in a local paper highlighting his resemblance with the North Korean leader. Pic/AFP

Manchu Tuan — from the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang — said he had never particularly noticed until one of his customers had asked if he could take a snap with him because of the resemblance.

He said: “I told him sure, if you buy a kebab. So he bought two, and that was when I came up with the idea of using my looks as an advertising stunt. I got a picture of Kim Jong-un and had myself dressed up to look like him and had my hair done, and after that business was booming.”

He said that so many people have been asking to have their snap taken with him that he often doesn’t have time to cook the snacks, and has now hired a second person to do the cooking while he poses with people for the novelty snaps.

He added: “I am pleased to say that business is really good since word got out about the fact that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is now selling kebabs here.”

He added, however, “The only drawback is that business is non-existent when I’m not here. There is simply no sales by my colleague.”

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