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Obama stops for noodles with Bourdain

dpadpa 24/05/2016

Celebrity foodie Anthony Bourdain has enjoyed noodles at a local Vietnamese restaurant with the US president, which was filmed for his TV show.

US President Barack Obama has tucked into some local Vietnamese fare in Hanoi with celebrity TV food show host Anthony Bourdain.

Crowds cheered when the pair turned up at Bun cha Huong Lien restaurant late on Monday for some grilled pork and noodles, reports said.

The president shook hands and waved before sitting down on a low plastic stool across from Bourdain, whose film crews were capturing it for his show Parts Unknown.

Bourdain later tweeted: "Total cost of bun Cha dinner with the President: $6.00. I picked up the check."

"The President's chopstick skills are on point," he wrote on Instagram, along with a photo that was liked 121,000 times.

Local media reported that Obama bought four more sets of food to bring back the hotel.

The visit was not on the official itinerary. The restaurant had taken a reservation for 50 people including US diplomats, but did not know the president was coming, local media reported.

Bourdain's show has been on CNN since 2013. For each episode the chef travels to a different part of the world to explore that area's culture, primarily by sharing its distinct native cuisine.

The interview with Obama will be featured in the eighth season of Parts Unknown, which begins in September.

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