Anthony Bourdain and United States President Barack Obama were recently in Hanoi, having dinner in a small restaurant and having a conversation that will soon be featured in Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown on its eighth season.
Based on the teasers in Bourdain’s social media accounts, it shows that the two had a casual dinner composed of bun cha–a traditional northern Vietnamese noodle dish–and some beers.
Bourdain has recently revealed what it’s like to have share a dinner with the president. He wrote about the following (via Li.st):
On Mr Obama’s chopstick skills: “The President is very comfortable with chopsticks. He handled the sticky, hard to separate noodles that accompany the pork and the broth components of Bun Cha skillfully. He even went in for seconds.”
On Mr Obama’s time in Asia: “The President is an Asiaphile. He spoke wistfully of his time in Indonesia and his memories of the smells and flavors of street food there.”
“The reaction among regular people in Hanoi to the fact that the US President chose to eat Bun Cha was beyond all imagining. The effect was unbelievable,” Bourdain wrote. “People were actually crying the next day, describing to me their shock and their pride, the reactions of their neighbors, to this completely unexpected choice of meal—and the venue.”
Bourdain also wrote that Mr Obama was one of the show’s very few guests who asked the crew if they also got to eat. He also made sure that he took a photo with all of the crew when everything was done.
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After Vietnam, Mr Obama went to Hiroshima, Japan, the city where the first atomic bomb was dropped 71 years ago.
Being the first sitting U.S. president to pay a visit, he called for an end of nuclear weapons. “We have known the agony of war,” he said. “Let us now find the courage, together, to spread peace, and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.”