Barack Obama, first citizen of US halted for a $6 dinner with TV chef Anthony Bourdain at the local food streets of Vietnam, stunning the restaurant owner Nguyen Thi Lien.
The owner served Obama with different delicacies of pork soup. The Hanoi restaurant lady was stunned when Obama walked in, and pulling a plastic stool he ordered for “bun cha” which he gulped down deliciously.
Sneaking off from his busy Vietnamese schedule, the President took to the streets on Monday night to let his taste buds rival to the local delicacies accompanied by Anthony Bourdain, a chef and food critic who also does a food travel show putting forward to the world the best tastes from around the globe.
Though the 54-year old restaurant owner, Nguyen Thi Lien knew that an overseas food travel unit was on their way, she did not have the slightest clue that a very super special guest would be popping in to her small restaurant.
“His presence in our restaurant was a great surprise for my whole family, who could never have imagined it, even in our dreams,” she told AFP on Tuesday.
Vietnam is a place renowned for the fresh ingredients and healthy delicacies. But Michelle, being a campaigner of healthy foodings might have crossed her eye brows as Obama went on to choose the bun cha, which is pure pork fat and thick sweet broth which is highly gluttonous.
US Secret Service and local police blocked the streets surrounding Bun Cha Huong Lien eatery early on Monday evening.
A large number of people with loud cheer had gathered around the restaurant to witness Obama leave the small shack.
Though surrounded by strong bodyguards, he did not hesitate to greet and talk to a few locals who had gathered and many did not take a second thought to capture the blissful moment as well.
“Obama was nice, smiling, cheerful and popular with everyone,” the shop’s owner told AFP, also adding her grief that she could not pose for a picture with the President.
Bourdain, the chef posted a click of the special dinner on his Instagram page with the tag, “The President’s chopstick skills are on point”.
The click showed the two guests sitting on tiny plastic hassocks that are common to Vietnamese street restaurants and Obama holding on to a bottle of Hanoi Beer in his right hand.
The click also showed local diners seated behind the guests st steel tables concentrating on their own sizzling bowls of soup, one wearing an American-style black baseball cap.
“Total cost of bun cha dinner with the President: $6.00. I picked up the check,” Bourdain, who is popuround the world for his love of cheap streetside food, later tweeted.