Beer and noodles: Anthony Bourdain's $6 meal with Barack Obama in Vietnam

How much can entertaining the President of the United States cost a generous host?

About $6.

Or at least that’s how much celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain shelled out for a quick meal with Barack Obama on Monday.

Obama, who is in Vietnam on a state visit, took some time out to sit down with Bourdain — the host of several popular travel/food shows — for a meal.

The menu comprised bun cha (a traditional Vietnamese beef and noodled dish) and cold beer, and both Bourdain and the POTUS were content to sit on plastic stools as they were served.

The President's chopstick skills are on point . #buncha #hanoi

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The images from their diner date, which Bourdain shared on Twitter and Instagram, went viral, with users commenting on everything from how at ease the duo seemed, and how normal the setting, to Obama’s “on point” chopstick skills (the President placed them across his bowl when not in use, rather than stabbing them into the plate of noodles).

All around them, the other diners seem completely indifferent to the fact that Obama was sitting amidst them, and while the President’s security detail was sure to be close by, there is no sign of them in the picture.

Some reports have said that the dinner was for an episode of Bourdain’s TV show (Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown), and quoted White House sources as saying that it would air in September.

Previously, Obama made another unconventional appearance on a TV show, driving around with Jerry Seinfeld for an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.


Published Date: May 24, 2016 01:09 pm | Updated Date: May 27, 2016 02:12 pm


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