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Culinary wonders of Viet Nam have more super power for tourism

May 28, 2016          27170 views
 (National Times)- Shares from the owner of Huong Lien Bun Cha Restaurant located in Le Van Huu Street where US President was served dinner on 23th May, which teaches businessmen a worthy lesson.

In next to no time, Huong Lien Bun Cha Restaurant has become the most searched on the netizens as well as community of foodlovers all over the world. From the night of 23th May, the numbers of residents looked for the restaurant to come and enjoy the dish that President Obama has tried. Almost all of them are curious about the reason why “bun cha” has been chosen to serve for U.S President and passed mass of strict criterions.
Before the US leader ate, bun cha (also called by rice noodles with grilled pork and meatballs) has been listed on Top 10 best street food in the world based on the reviews of numerous interviewers from Fanpage of National Geographic.
Bun cha is one of Hanoi’s must-try delicacies, a Hanoi speciality beloved by many foreign tourists. Thanks to the President’s visit, now Huong Lien Bun Cha Restaurant has been called as “Obama Bun Cha Restaurant” and bun cha dish even more famous and attractive for the foreigners.
Mr. Dao Van Dat, husband of the restaurant owner Nguyen Thi Hang Nga, said the restaurant is usually crowded from 11am to 1pm. But from the time U.S leader has dinner there on 23th May, they saw the situation that all the seats in the restaurant were full from 7am on. Even the restaurant had run out of meat at just 10am, many customers insisted on waiting for their meals there.
Knowing as, each complete serving costs VND80,000 (equivalently US$3.5) for both rice noodles with grilled pork, meatballs and seafood rolls, which is quite expensive for a meal for Hanoians, But now many customers waited patiently to try the food that President Obama - one of the most famous and powerful presidents in the world - enjoyed. Some of them wanted to take a photograph to check in their visit to the restaurant where the President ate.

Earlier in 2000, “pho” – another famous Viet Nam ese dish with noodles and beef or chicken had been more popular after US President Bill Clinton visited Viet Nam and ate in a restaurant near the Ben Thanh Market in HCM City. Same as the case of Huong Lien Bun Cha, the restaurant where Bill Clinton was served for “pho” dish has been well-know ever since then and now has been called as “Pho 2000” to document the year the U.S President visited Viet Nam .
Along with Bun Cha, Pho and 5 dishes is listed as seven culinary wonders of Viet Nam. The meal choices of the two US Presidents ring the bell for development of Viet Nam’s culinary culture, and tourism in general. We are proud of the Viet Nam’s essence and expect that the culinary specialties of Viet Nam will fly higher and further.
Minh Anh



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