Obama’s visit to Vietnam came in 2016 and generated high expectations in the country, where he was hailed by thousands of people almost as an idol.
Excited by the interest of tourists and the curious, the owners of the Bun Cha Huong Lien bar in Hanoi turned the table where former President Barack Obama and New York chef Anthony Bourdain dined in 2016.
The owners put the table, the two blue plastic benches they sat on, the utensils used, a saucepan and two bottles of beer the same as Obama and Bourdain consumed. The dinner, which consisted of a plate of pasta with pork, remained for posterity in images made by the channel “CNN”.
Since the image of the then president with a beer in hand during the official visit to Vietnam rolled the world, this small bar, better known among the residents of the region, became a place of pilgrimage of curious and tourists, more attracted by the history of the place than by the gastronomy itself.
The donuts were quick to create a ” special Obama menu “: a plate of ‘buncha’ (pork, rice noodles and fish sauce), fried Vietnamese rolls and a Hanoi Beer, the local beer. In an interview with the Vietnamese channel “Kenh 14”, Nguyen Thi Lien, one of the owners, said that the idea of exposing the table inside a glass was not yours, but some customers so that Obama’s visit would be eternalized.
“We came up with a good idea. Also, since there is only table and stools in there, it does not take up much space and does not detract from the business. We just want to show appreciation for the visit. It’s not an advertising strategy, “she told portal” Soha.vn “.
As proof that the intention is not fame, Lien revealed that in the past two years has received several offers from collectors wanting to acquire the objects in question, but she always refuses to sell.
“For us, Obama is a good man and, despite several people coming in contact, we can not sell these objects, ” he said.
She stated that the glass was installed in February, but had no repercussions until this week a photo has spread to social networks.
Some netizens criticize. Others have argued and said it is a way to continue to explore Obama’s visit commercially.
Some people, on the other hand, see the decision as a way to celebrate a historic moment and wonder why it took nearly two years to expose the “famous” dinner.
The restaurant was also decorated with several pictures of Obama talking to Bourdain and alongside some clients who were in the place on the day of the visit of the former president, who appeared by surprise. The images came to Bourdain, who shared the picture on Instagram himself on the 12th, with the caption: “I’m not sure how I feel about it.”
Obama’s historic visit to Vietnam came in May 2016, in the last year of his second term, and raised great expectations in the country, where he was hailed by thousands of people almost as an idol.