President Obama dines in Vietnam with Anthony Bourdain
After lifting a decades long embargo against Vietnam on Monday, President Barack Obama worked up quite the appetite, dining with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain in Hanoi.
Bourdain, who hosts the popular food-meets-travel reveal Parts Unknown, met with Obama to discuss the purpose of the president’s trip to Asia and his interest in the people, food and cultural activities of Vietnam, according to CNN.
Helen Cho (@ HelenCho) May 23, 2016
A huge crowd collected outside the restaurant Bun cha Huong Lien, then let on a cheer when the president “re coming out”. Obama was insured shaking hands with locals who assembled near the eatery and waved at spectators before fading into the motorcade.
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So what did Bourdain and the president feed during this historic meal?
Bun ch is a traditional dish hailing from the Vietnamese capital that consists of grilled pork served in a broth or dipping sauce, flanked by rice noodles and fresh herbs.
Bourdain later tweeted that the snack cost simply$ 6– he picked up the check and also reportedly said the presidents chopstick abilities are on point.
Total cost of bun Cha dinner with the President: $6.00. I picked up the check. #Hanoi
Anthony Bourdain (@ Bourdain) May 23, 2016
Bourdain’s show has been on CNN since 2013. The outspoken cook travelings to different parts of the world during each episode to explore that area’s culture, chiefly by sharing in the area’s distinct native cuisine.
The interview with Obama will be featured in the eighth season of “Parts Unknown, ” which begins in September.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .