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IF you’ve ever wondered how a president takes his bun cha (Vietnamese pork noodles), or you’re just missing Obama so much you want to gaze adoringly at his used chopsticks, then this Hanoi streetfood restaurant has you covered.
“The customers love it, many take photos next to the table,” Nguyen Thi Hang Nga, co-owner of the restaurant, told the.
While the owners have attempted to lay out the plates, bowls, chopsticks and beer bottles exactly as Obama and Bourdain left them, they haven’t gone so far as to leave them unwashed.
Rather than a big surge in customers wanting to view the novelty items, Nguyen said business has remained pretty much unchanged.
“It is not a PR gimmick, I don’t think we get more clientele,” he said. “The display was set up just before the Lunar New Year and I haven’t noticed any change in the flow of diners.
In a Tweet featuring the preserved table, Bourdain said: “Not sure how I feel about this.”
As it is believed to be the only example of the practice being used on a foreign dignitary, perhaps it’s understandable he’s a bit taken aback. According to the BBC, the honor is normally reserved for the country’s top leaders such as Ho Chi Minh who had their meals kept this way for posterity.
But for the owners, who have also named a meal on their menu after Obama, it’s simply a special day they want to remember.
“For us, it is a nice memory that we will cherish forever,” said Nguyen.
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