You know how people are always asking who you’d pick for your ideal dinner party, dead or alive? Well, I would choose to have a $6 dinner with President Obama and Anthony Bourdain in Vietnam. Alas, only a food and travel rock star like Anthony Bourdain has the pull to get Obama to share a meal with him in Hanoi during the lame duck portion of his presidency, while I sit at a Peet’s Coffee in Los Angeles blogging about it.
According to Eater, the dinner happened last night at Bún chả Hương Liên, whose specialty is bún chả, “a traditional dish hailing from Hanoi that consists of grilled pork served in a broth or dipping sauce, flanked by rice noodles and fresh herbs.”
Here’s an amazing picture from the meal:
You gotta love an Asian-cuisine hole-in-the-wall like this, with the metal tables, baskets of chopsticks, the sauces and vinegars, cheap beer, and of course, the delicious food that barely costs anything, as Bourdain brags about: