Eat local food the local way, they said.
Obama did it when he visited Hanoi. On his way to airport en route to Saigon, the U.S. president made a surprise stop at Old Quarter, a famous area for travelers’ shopping, eating, and almost everything.
He slipped away from his hectic Vietnam visit on Monday night (May 23, 2016) to sample the dish with Anthony Bourdain, a chef and food critic who fronts a travel show about hidden culinary gems around the world.
The president enjoyed bun cha just like an ordinary locals. He seemed perfectly at home mixing with the other diners sitting around him on plastic stools, and enjoyed two helpings of the dish along with nem, all washed down with a Hanoi Beer in true Hanoi style.
A large crowd gathered outside the restaurant, letting out a cheer as Obama exited. Surrounded by a coterie of bodyguards, he stopped to greet excited locals, many capturing the moment on their phones, before being whisked away in his limousine.
As quoted by VN Express, the president said:
“Last night I visited the Old Quarter here in Hanoi, and enjoyed some outstanding Vietnamese food; tried some bun cha, drank some Beer Hanoi. But I have to say the busy streets of this city, I have never seen so many motorbikes in my life. So I haven’t had to try to cross the street so far, but maybe when I come back and visit, you can tell me how,”
On social media, Anthony write:
“Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer. Total cost of Bun Cha dinner with the President: $6.00. I picked up the check. The President’s chopstick skills are on point.”
Here’s some pics from 24 Thi Sach in Old Quarter, a popular place for being hygienic, cool and spacious bun cha which cost you VND 40.000.
All pics taken from VN Express.