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Hanoi provides free buffet to 3,500 reporters covering second Trump-Kim Summit

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 14:45 GMT+7
Hanoi provides free buffet to 3,500 reporters covering second Trump-Kim Summit
Reporters pick their food at the buffet inside the International Media Center in Hanoi on February 26, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

A buffet with a variety of food is available free of charge at the press center in Hanoi for more than 3,500 local and international reporters who are in the Vietnamese capital to cover the second U.S.-North Korea Summit.

The buffet features nearly 40 dishes, including many of Vietnam’s traditional courses and street food, all of which are carefully cooked by a team of talented chefs.

The International Media Center for the summit includes a restaurant that is open around the clock, but the buffet is only served during lunch and dinner on a daily basis.

The food is prepared for about 3,500 local and international reporters. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
The food is prepared for about 3,500 local and international reporters. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Snacks and drinks are served at the venue during the remaining time of the day.

The menu of the buffet is regularly adjusted to ensure reporters have tasty and interesting meals while covering the international event.

According to Nguyen Quoc Hung, deputy director of the National Convention Center, which is in charge of preparing the meals, the chefs that cook the buffet were previously selected by the Hanoi administration based on their reputation in the eyes of foreign visitors.

Reporters pick their food at the buffet inside the International Media Center. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Reporters pick their food at the buffet at the International Media Center. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Matthias Muller, a journalist from Switzerland, considered the buffet a great way to promote Vietnamese cuisine and culture to the international correspondents amidst their hectic schedule at the event.

The Hanoi summit, scheduled for February 27 and 28, takes place less than a year since U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un first met in Singapore in June 2018.

A stall serving ‘Bun thang,’ one of Hanoi’s specialties. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
A stall serving bun thang, one of Hanoi’s specialties. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

The high-profile leaders are expected to meet at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi at 6:30 pm (local time) on Wednesday and have a 20-minute one-on-one conversation before a dinner scheduled to last just over an hour and a half, according to the White House.

Trump landed in Hanoi on Air Force One just before 9:00 pm on Tuesday, hours after Chairman Kim arrived in the Vietnamese capital by car, following a 60-hour train journey from Pyongyang through China.

‘Bun cha,’ another famous dish of Hanoi. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Bun cha, another famous dish of Hanoi. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
A Japanese reporter carries a bowl of ‘pho.’ Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
A Japanese reporter carries a bowl of pho. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
A server presents some of Vietnam’s traditional dishes. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
A server presents some of Vietnam’s traditional dishes. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Traditional Vietnamese desserts. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Traditional Vietnamese desserts. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
A reporter carries a bowl of ‘pho.’ Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
A reporter carries a bowl of pho. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
A group of foreign journalists have a chat during their meal. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
A group of foreign journalists have a chat during their meal. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

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