A small outlet specializing in the Vietnamese dish 'bun cha' (rice noodles with grilled pork and meatballs) has been packed since U.S. President Barack Obama stopped by for dinner this week.
Despite heavy rains on the two days since his visit to the eatery, local residents, foreign tourists and media have flocked to the Huong Lien 'bun cha' outlet at 24 Le Van Huu Street in Hai Ba Trung District to 'explore' the Hanoi delicacy that attracted the president on his first night in the Vietnamese capital.
Photos showing the president and American chef Anthony Bourdain sitting on the eatery’s plastic chairs, enjoying the dish and drinking beer have gone viral on social media.
Although the president has already finished up his trip in Vietnam, diners hoping to try out the restaurant's now famous dish are facing the tough decision between waiting over an hour for a seat or leaving in disappointment before even trying the dish, which has since been dubbed 'bun cha Obama.' Despite the eatery’s new-found fame, the owner says she is committed to not raising her prices, although the crowds have forced her to invest in a microphone to be heard when diners are placing orders.
President Obama began his first visit to Vietnam on Monday and concluded it on Wednesday.
A number of dinners walk to Huong Lien Outlet with umbrellas due to the rain. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Despite the heavy rain, many people flock to the place for a dish of 'bun cha.' Photo: Tuoi Tre
Staff now must use microphones to deliver diners’ orders. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Diners patiently wait in front of the outlet despite the heavy rain. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Large crowds force people to wait both outside and inside. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Two people look at the restaurant while driving by. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A cameraman is seen filming the dish. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A staff member calculates income. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Even though they suffer through the rain for a visit, some people still leave in disappointment. Photo: Tuoi Tre