US President Barack Obama is in Vietnam this week “to advance cooperation across a wide range of areas, including economic, people-to-people, security, human rights, and global and regional issues.”
But being the cool president that he is, Obama made time to meet with chef-turned-television host Anthony Bourdain at Bun Cha Huong Lien in Hanoi.
Obama and Bourdain shared a meal of bun cha, a traditional grilled pork and noodle dish, and beer.
And guess who picked up the check? Bourdain said he paid $6 for the whole meal.
US reporters were not allowed to accompany Obama inside the restaurant, but local patrons lit up social media with photos.
Outside the restaurant, a sizeable crowd cheered when the president came out. He shook hands before leaving the area.
CNN said the two discussed the purpose of Obama’s trip to Asia and his interest in the people, food, and culture of Vietnam.
The interview with Obama will be part of the eighth season of “Parts Unknown” in September.
In each episode of the show, Bourdain travels to a different part of the world to explore a country’s culture by tasting its dishes.
The outgoing US president announced on that the US is lifting the arms embargo against Vietnam which has been in place for more than 50 years.