Owner of noodle shop where Anthony Bourdain met Obama pays tribute to chef

Owner of noodle shop where Anthony Bourdain met Obama pays tribute to chef

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Owner of noodle shop where Anthony Bourdain met Obama pays tribute to chef

Nguyen Thi Nga says chef who died last week was friendly and folksy on visit to Hanoi

The owner of a Hanoi noodle shop where Anthony Bourdain slurped down bun cha with the former US president Barack Obama has expressed her shock and sorrow over the death of the globetrotting American celebrity chef.

Bun Cha Huong Lien restaurant in the Vietnamese capitals leafy Old Quarter soared to fame after the 2016 sit-down between Obama and Bourdain for his CNN show.

The pair shared a simple meal of pork noodles and fried spring rolls each dish worth about $3 (2.20) and photos of the casual dinner quickly went viral.

Bourdain was found dead last week while in France filming an episode of his Emmy-winning CNN food and travel programme, Parts Unknown. He was 61.

I was surprised and sad when I heard about (Bourdains) death, said Nguyen Thi Nga, the co-owner of the Bun Cha Huong Lien restaurant.

Barack Obama and American chef Anthony Bourdain shake hands at a shopping area in Hanoi, Vietnam, during his visit in 2016. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

(Bourdain) was a nice, friendly and folksy person He praised our bun cha dish and its fish-sauce broth. He loved Vietnamese food, Nga said.

Obama tweeted a tribute to Bourdain on Friday, sharing a picture of the pair drinking beer during the meal, which took place during his state visit to Hanoi.

Bourdain visited Vietnam several times throughout his life, making several TV programmes about his fascination with the countrys food.

Inside the restaurant, as hungry customers poured in for lunch on Saturday, diners gave extra attention to the glass box in which the table and chairs used by Bourdain and Obama are preserved.

I came here to share the grief of the loss of such a talented chef he was such a special person because he had such a great passion for Vietnamese food, Nguyen Quan, a customer, said.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jun/10/owner-of-noodle-shop-where-anthony-bourdain-met-obama-pays-tribute-to-chef