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Obama’s Hanoi noodle visit sparks feeding frenzy

US President Barack Obama shares some noodles and beer with TV host Anthony Bourdain. PHOTO FROM BOURDAIN’S TWITTER ACCOUNT
US President Barack Obama shares some noodles and beer with TV host Anthony Bourdain. PHOTO FROM BOURDAIN’S TWITTER ACCOUNT


HANOI—They all want to dip their spoon into Obama’s noodle bowl.


Four months after US President Barack Obama plonked down on a plastic stool at Bun Cha Huong Lien for a bowl of Hanoi’s signature pork noodles, the restaurant is cashing in on customers eager to taste what all the fuss is about.


READ: Obama dines with CNN’s Anthony Bourdain for series


Previously a mainstay among a mostly local customer base, hungry foreigners are now coming in droves to the restaurant dubbed “Obama bun cha” for the Hanoi lunch staple: grilled pork patty and bacon in a sweet broth with rice noodles.


“People come here because they are curious about why Obama chose my restaurant,” said owner Nguyen Thi Lien, who has been running the eatery for 23 years.


READ: Obama visit in Vietnam pork soup eatery stuns owner


Eager to tap the star power of her recent VIP diner, Lien has introduced a $4 “Combo Obama” lunch special of noodles, a side of deep-fried spring rolls and a Hanoi beer—but swears she has kept her prices the same.


“So many have come and we cannot serve them all,” she said at the two-story restaurant, which is now plastered with photos of Obama and his dinner guest, globe-trotting US chef Anthony Bourdain.


Chopstick skills


The pair stopped by during Obama’s May trip to Vietnam—the third by a sitting president since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975—to film a scene for Bourdain’s CNN show “Parts Unknown” which airs Sunday.


In a teaser for the episode, Bourdain lauded the US leader for his chopstick skills as he expertly scooped up a mouth of noodles during an evening off from his diplomatic duties.


Obama seemed impressed with the local fare.


“This is killer, this is outstanding,” he said.


The pork pit stop has seen the number of customers double, according to Lien, and the restaurant appears set to become a fixture on Hanoi’s tourist trail.


“I saw that Obama had been here, saw that Anthony Bourdain had been here, and I generally follow their advice, figured they’d have good taste, came here and found it to be true,” American tourist Andrew Lala told AFP. TVJ

  • Bayang_magiliw

    Saan ba kumain si duterPWE nung bumisita sya sa Indonesia? Malamang PINASUNOG na lahat ng mga ginamit nya para siguradong HINDI SILA MAHAWA ng SAKIT nya sa UTAK!!!


      Tama! Parang ikaw Lang na May sakit sa utak… Yun ay Kung meron ka nito… Lol

    • Jomaking

      lifestyle section to ah, kailangan pa ba talagang isama pa rin si Duterte rito… ano ba yan, nakakauyam na!

    • Quit it! Pathetic hopes for yellowturds to be placed back in power are all lost already!
      http://www. manilatimes. net/plan-d-military-takeover-in-case-of-dutertes-sudden-departure/287590/

      • Bayang_magiliw


    • I am Rodrigo Duterte

      Pssst..troll behave..hehe

      • Bayang_magiliw

        Pssst…PATHETIC LOSER duGUNG-GONG get lost!!!

      • I am Rodrigo Duterte

        Pssst. Troll behave…wag ka ng mag shabu ha. Katol nlng gamitin mo kasi hindi bawal..saka mura pag by box ang bilhin mo.

      • Bayang_magiliw

        Pssssstt..yan lang ang palagiang sinasabi ng mga duGUNG-GONGS kapag may kumokontra sa SIRA ULO nilang PRISIDINTI!!! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

      • I am Rodrigo Duterte

        Pssst. Behave

  • Vertumnus

    The combo deal is a good idea. With so many customers coming in, having to serve the same food to most of them saves time and money. I remember the first time I ate Vietnamese food. I wasn’t expecting much but when I took a slurp of my Pho, it was amazingly good. Vietnamese food is one of the best in the world.

    • boboposter

      Pero ang totoo, pok pok ang kinain ni VertANUS sa Vietnam…

      • Vertumnus

        Were you born this stupid or did you take lessons?

    • Descarte5E

      The next time you come to Vietnam you can try this bun cha and learn why Obama ate it instead of pho. It is composed of few pieces of bbqed pork, pork meatballs put in pickle broth, sweet and sour taste that will taste better after the juice of bbq mixed in, few slices of papaya, raw vegetable in a small dish, different from the vegetable in the pho, and then the white and fresh rice noodle. Cost about $2 and normally eaten at lunch. Btw, it is a northern dish, so the best ones are in Hanoi not ni Saigon.

  • sherlyn

    Obama should have a taste of Filipino dishes. He don’t know what he’s missing.

    • White cat

      Undoubtedly he has. His head chef at the White House is a Filipina.

    • Bonifacio1896

      Obama will avoid Filipino dishes,he thinks they taste like du30 foul mouth.
      Vietnam’s gain is a lost for the Phil.

  • sakto

    Wala Na bagsak Na Ang Pinas!!! Kulang kasi ng wastong diplomasya Ang presidente…compared to Vietnam in which thier economy grows so fast…


    “O, bakit parang biglang linalangaw itong kainan mo, Mareng Greys?”

    “Nakakalungkot nga, Mareng Baba,,,,hindi ko nga din malaman kung baket nagkaganito ang kainan kung tindahan!”

    “Bakit, ano ba ang nangyari dito?”

    “E, nung isang araw, may dumating ditong matabang matrona na wala ng sinabi kundi ang, “Shore-Shore-Shore”! Nang marinig ng mga kumakain, biglang nag-alisan lahat at parang nasuya sa nakita’t narinig nila, Tapos, yon, hindi na nagsibalikan ang mga dati kong suki!”

    ”Bakit, sino ba namang multo yong kamaing yon dito?”

    “Hindi ako sigurado, pero LEILA daw ang pangalan!”

    • DEErAN


  • Felipenis Stupids



    IN THIS WORLD………………..


    • White cat

      Thank you for gracing us with your presence. I would like to reciprocate your flattering gesture of seeking out Filipino sites just to insult us. Except the Internet in your country is censored as fcuk.

      By the way, Cristeta Pasia Comerford (born 1962) who has been the White House Executive Chef since 2005 is a Filipina.

  • chatlainegrace computercenter

    parang nasa carinderia lang dito sa pinas

  • mcafvc

    Wow, Obama is really a down-to-earth person. He eats at hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Its nice to know that the most powerful man on earth is a humble human. If I ever go to Vietnam, I will try this dish.

    I love Anthony Bourdain!