Back in 2016, the former US president Barack Obama had visited Vietnam. It has been one of the highlights of the year. During his visit, he has made a small food tour to Hanoi’s best eats. Among them, Bun Cha Huong Lien has their fame rocketing after the president’s visit. The image of Obama sitting on the ubiquitous blue plastic chair became viral all around the internet in Vietnam. After that, the restaurant has been famously known as Bun Cha Obama.

Anthony Bourdain – the famous chef with international-known food show – is also the company with Obama on this visit to Bun Cha Huong Lien. He also includes this moment on his food show Anthony Bourdain: Part Unknown. The chef is a fan of Vietnamese street food. He has visited Vietnam for many years and knows a lot about Vietnamese food culture. Most of the eatery spots that he includes in his show enjoy an overnight fame and become a must for visitor all around the world. The Lunch Lady of Saigon is one example.

It has been a year since that significant event. The restaurant is now once again in the spotlight with their recent decision to make the glass case around the table, with the whole package of chopsticks, bowls, and everything within, in which Obama has his first bun cha bowl.

The controversy extends further outside the country and reaches Anthony Bourdain – the famous chef with international-known food show – who is also the company with Obama on this visit to Bun Cha Huong Lien. He also shares his thought about this, “ Not sure how I feel about this.”

However, Mrs. Lien – the owner of the restaurant shares that she doesn’t mean to linger on the fame of the president, instead, it is an act of showing her respect.

The initial intention is not successfully expressed, nevertheless, admittedly, the act is just added one more signature feature for the restaurant. It would be easier for visitors to spot the famous Bun Cha Obama restaurant out of many other eateries.

In the end, it could not prevent people to come to this restaurant to enjoy one of the best dishes of Hanoi.