JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Hanoi ‘bun cha’ eatery at full capacity since Obama visit

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 14:14 GMT+7

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.

Báo giới, truyền hình nước ngoài rủ nhau "ăn bún chả Obama"

A number of dinners walk to Huong Lien Outlet with umbrellas due to the rain. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Báo giới, truyền hình nước ngoài rủ nhau "ăn bún chả Obama"

Despite the heavy rain, many people flock to the place for a dish of 'bun cha.' Photo: Tuoi Tre

Báo giới, truyền hình nước ngoài rủ nhau "ăn bún chả Obama"

Staff now must use microphones to deliver diners’ orders. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Báo giới, truyền hình nước ngoài rủ nhau "ăn bún chả Obama"

Diners patiently wait in front of the outlet despite the heavy rain. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Báo giới, truyền hình nước ngoài rủ nhau "ăn bún chả Obama"

Large crowds force people to wait both outside and inside. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Báo giới, truyền hình nước ngoài rủ nhau "ăn bún chả Obama"

Two people look at the restaurant while driving by. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Báo giới, truyền hình nước ngoài rủ nhau "ăn bún chả Obama"

A cameraman is seen filming the dish. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Báo giới, truyền hình nước ngoài rủ nhau "ăn bún chả Obama"

A staff member calculates income. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Báo giới, truyền hình nước ngoài rủ nhau "ăn bún chả Obama"

Even though they suffer through the rain for a visit, some people still leave in disappointment. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

TUOI TRE NEWS

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Chinese tourists hit by Vietnamese over dine and dash

Four Chinese were reportedly injured, with one having a broken arm.

Latest news