The ubiquitous globetrotting chef Anthony Bourdain was in Hanoi, Vietnam on May 23 (no big deal), and had dinner with none other than President Obama (pretty big deal). POTUS agreed to sit down to a meal with Bourdain at a popular Hanoi restaurant called Bún chà Hu'o'ng Liên, and to have their tete-a-tete featured in an upcoming episode of Bourdain's show Parts Unknown in September.
No word yet on what the duo ordered, but the restaurant is known for its bun cha, the Hanoi specialty of grilled pork served with vermicelli noodles on the side, along with lettuce, fresh herbs like coriander and mint, and dipping sauce. And needless to say, we can't wait to find out what they talked about over dinner. Bourdain has had some unkind words to say about Obama's presidency: “A disappointment to me personally for someone I admired," Bourdain said in a 2011 interview in Australia, according to The Hill. "I was very happy when he was elected president. I certainly voted for him and I was very happy when he was elected. I wish he’d get angry.”
The dinner caused quite a ruckus, according to The Hill: "Obama’s celebrity dining outing attracted a large crowd of onlookers, who watched his motorcade travel from his hotel to the destination. Hundreds of others gathered on the streets outside the modest-looking restaurant, trying to catch a glimpse of the president...."
Considering Obama's penchant for eating well, maybe the pair just discussed food—always safer than politics. Meanwhile, Bourdain closely observed Obama's chopstick skills. Whatever the chef thinks of Obama's presidency, we do know this much: POTUS's chopstick skills are "on point," according to Bourdain.
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