Everlasting noodles: Obama ‘bun cha’ desk encased in Vietnam

On this {photograph} taken on March 20, 2018, a waitress carries dishes to clients subsequent to the glass-encased desk the place former US President Barack Obama sat at for a meal with chef Anthony Bourdain at Bun Cha Huong Lien restaurant, now dubbed “bun cha Ob

Hanoi:  The desk the place former US president Barack Obama famously slurped noodles in downtown Hanoi has been preserved — chopsticks and all — underneath a glass field for eternity, in a transfer that has attracted legions of bemused diners to the as soon as low-key eatery.

Bun Cha Huong Lien restaurant, since dubbed “bun cha Obama”, shot to stardom in 2016 when the then-US chief took a break from official duties on a Hanoi go to to take pleasure in a $3 bowl of pork noodles with fried spring rolls with globetrotting chef Anthony Bourdain.

Now clients are thronging to the hotspot for a style of that well-known night.

“I am very joyful to take a seat close to the desk the place President Obama as soon as sat as a result of I really like Obama very a lot,” workplace employee Tran Dinh Ha informed AFP in the course of the busy lunch rush.

Footage of Obama and Bourdain’s budding bromance over dinner — filmed for the chef’s CNN sequence “Elements Unknown” — shortly went viral, and now plaster the partitions of the easy joint in Hanoi’s leafy Previous Quarter.

Enterprise has boomed ever for the reason that presidential pork dinner.

However the proprietor insists she is not eating out on the Obama fame and has resisted provides from clients wanting to purchase the desk, as a substitute freezing the dinnertime tableau for posterity.

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“I feel it is applicable to protect the reminiscence of Mr Obama,” proprietor Nguyen Thi Lien informed AFP, as amused vacationers snapped selfies with the encased desk, set with clear bowls, plates, chopsticks and condiment jars.

Lien would not say whether or not the dishes on show are those utilized by Bourdain and Obama, who she described as “modest and pleasant”.

The clear field is a type of preservation, and reverence, acquainted to Hanoians: Vietnam’s much-praised revolutionary chief Ho Chi Minh is embalmed and encased in glass at his mausoleum in central Hanoi.

Nonetheless, not all of Lien’s clients welcomed the stunt with open arms.

“Undecided how I really feel about this,” Bourdain mentioned on Instagram underneath a photograph of the desk at which he apparently as soon as sat.