Bun Cha Huong Lien restaurant in Ha Noi
The president of the United States Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain - a adventurous TV chef, on May 23, 201 dined at local restaurant Bun Cha Huong Lien in Le Van Huu Street , where they chatted over bowls of grilled pork with noodles and other Vietnamese dishes.
“Total cost of Bun Cha dinner with the US President: $6.00. I picked up the check,” Anthony shared, adding, “Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Ha Noi beer.”
Bun Cha Huong Lien first opened in 1993 and has since been run by several generations of the family. The eatery has been popular with locals for more than two decades.
US President Barack Obama and CNN's Anthony Bourdain have dinner at a bun cha restaurant in Hai Ba Trung District. (Photo: Le Nam/Thanh Nien)
After Barack Obama’s visit, the restaurant has been become to the best seller in Ha Noi for grilled pork and noodle, the restaurant is always busy with full of customer. They've launched the new menu is OBAMA’S COMBO and it has been the best one. Everyone comes to restaurant and asks for Obama's combo.
Next to “Pho” (noodle soup), “Bun Cha” is the second headline as the quintessential northern noodle dish. Being favored by Vietnamese people, Bun Cha has also become a choice for many tourists coming to the country, and been recommended by travel and cuisine sites.
It is comprised of two main simple parts, bun (white rice noodles) and cha (grilled pork and meatballs), and always served with vegetables and dipping sauce made from fish sauce, carrot and green papaya. A combo of Bun Cha could also be complete with an optional dish of nem cua be (crab spring rolls).
US President Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain eat at a small local eatery called Bun cha Huong Lien on May 23, 2016. Photo: Anthony Bourdain
Becoming a favorite of many northerners, the dish could be found everywhere in Ha Noi from an outlet on the sidewalk, a storefront, or a stall at a market to a restaurant, and is easy to be made at home as well.
In 2014, the internationally-renowned National Geographic Travel website has named Bun Cha as top 10 world’s best street food.
Earlier in 2011, Bun Cha was listed among the top 40 delicious Vietnamese dishes by CNN Travel.
Banh Mi Da Nang (Da Nang bread)
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on November 10, 2017 shared a Banh Mi breakfast with Australian-Vietnamese celebrity chef Luke Nguyen at a local street food restaurant, before beginning a busy day of meetings for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week.
Prime Minister Turnbull said “Vietnamese food is enjoyed every day by Australians, which is just one of the many positive contributions of the nearly 300,000 Vietnamese who call Australia home. But this is the first time I’ve ever tried Banh Mi! I love the fresh flavors of Vietnamese food.”
Buying the traditional roll from a street stall in Da Nang, the Prime Minister enthused the bread roll of pate, pork, herbs, mayonnaise and picked vegetables was “superb” and a “breakfast of champions”.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Australian-Vietnamese celebrity chef Luke Nguyen eat Banh Mi at a local street food restaurant in Da Nang (Photo: vov.vn)
“This is a totally cosmopolitan dish: a French baguette and a Vietnamese filling,” he said.
Vietnamese Banh Mi is regarded as one of the "super food" by foreign diners. It has topped the Top 20 Must-Try Street Foods around the World list by the US’s Fodor's Travel. The food seamlessly combines Western and Eastern ingredients.
Typical fillings in Banh Mi include Vietnamese sausage, grilled pork, pâté, grilled chicken, tomato sauce, pork meatballs, head cheese, fried eggs. For vegetables, Banh Mi typically has some slices of cucumber, coriander and carrots.
Regional variations in Viet Nam involve adding head cheese, pork sausage and various other vegetables.
Furthermore, the word Banh Mi was added to the Oxford English Dictionary from 24 March 2011.
Street-side coffee house in Ho Chi Minh City
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enjoyed milk coffee at a street-side coffee house with a senior employee from the Consulate General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City on November 9, 2017
Coffee was introduced to Vietnam by the French in the late 19th century but the country quickly became a strong exporter, as vast swathes of the highlands were given over to this important new cash crop. And now the Vietnamese have taken coffee to new levels of almost gastronomical – even medicinal – heights.
The drink has the power to ignite the brain, wake up neurons key to mental activity, relax stiff muscles after a long night’s sleep and dripping fresh energy into a new work day.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enjoys milk coffee at a street-side coffee house in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: tienphong.vn)
With prices anywhere from 50 cents to less than a dollar, visitors can buy a cup of coffee from any coffee vendor, mobile cart, roadside table-and-chair, or takeaway stall on just about any corner of the bustling city.
A roadside coffee cart is the ideal place for gatherings amongst college students discussing school work, the elderly gathering to tell 'tales of the old days' or simply some good old-fashioned people-watching.
Businesspeople even take their work there considering the low cost, easy parking and laid-back atmosphere of most outlets.
They might focus on their own work, carry out simple transactions or meet up with partners and do customer service.
Coffee has become an international drink and it is popular all over the world. But in different countries, coffee has its own style and its own country taste. And in Viet Nam, tourists cannot miss iced milk coffee- an ordinary drink which is enjoyed right in ordinary pavement stalls.
Iced milk coffee in Vietnamese style is dripped coffee mixed with condensed milk in proportion of 1 part of coffee and 1 or 2 parts of milk depending on personal taste. This kind of drink is drunk with ice, you just need to stir it well and enjoy. Simple as it is, every stalls has their own receipts to make the taste of this kind drink more attractive.