Catering service worker basks in locals’ respect

Public catering establishments in Anju City of South Phyongan Province are favourite haunts of diners.

They prepare mouth-watering and highly-nutritious dishes and offer kind services to the customers. What is distinctive is that a special service is offered to more than a thousand labour innovators, war veterans and honoured disabled soldiers each month.

It was initiated by Kang Kum Hyang, directress of the Anju City Public Catering Agency.

“I visited a coal mine in the city at the beginning of this year. I was deeply moved as I saw coal miners struggling to mine even a bit of more coal in the pits deep underground. It motivated me to do something good for them,” recalled Kang.

Back to her agency, she worked out service schedules without delay for the labour innovators at leading industrial establishments in the city.

Among them were the Anju Area Coal-mining Complex, Namhung Youth Chemical Complex, Chongchongang Thermal Power Station, Anju Insulator Factory and Anju Pump Factory. It was really an uphill job.

But she could not give up. She heard news of labour feats performed there every day in the run-up to the 75th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, and she was greatly encouraged by that.

She made painstaking efforts to ensure that the supply base of her catering agency produced larger quantities of rice, meat, eggs and vegetables.

The base was built after she was appointed as chief of the agency more than 10 years ago.

“Everyone was surprised at her suggestion of turning well over 10 hectares of swamp at the environs of the city into rice paddies. She encouraged us, saying that we should not remain content with what the state supplies us, but grow and crop rice by ourselves to provide the citizens with better service. Inspired by her, we all turned out,” said Jang Yon Ok, chief of the Anju loach soup restaurant.

Around the agency, they built a barn for pigs and hens and a greenhouse for growing such vegetables as cucumber, lettuce and crown daisy.

Recalling those days, the employees most of whom are women said that they could hardly believe they built such structures by their own efforts and that they feel pride in serving the citizens with dishes prepared from what they produce.

Under unfavourable climatic conditions this year, including low percentage of sunshine, the supply base established a food production cycle for scientific crop farming and animal husbandry, thus increasing per-unit yield of rice considerably and meat and egg outputs 1.5 times more than last year.

Kang Kum Hyang is hailed by the locals as she constantly strives to provide them with better service. She was elected to the Anju City People’s Assembly last year.