Dangogi, meaning “sweat meat”, is the term used for dog meat in Korea. Dangogi-jang or Boshintang, also known as Dog Soup, is controversial, but the North Korean’s state media has been calling it a prized delicacy essential to coping with the summer heat.

“These days workers sweating to taste boshintang can be witnessed in any Dangogi houses and traditional restaurants in the capital of Pyongyang,” the agency said.

Defectors mentioned that in North Korea dog meat has become a luxury since food shortages worsened and even the South Korean restaurants have lowered the profile on serving this somewhat odd cuisine.