Famous People Tried Vietnamese Food

Vietnamese cuisine is so famous in the world. Many tourists come to Vietnam to experience Vietnamese Cuisines. Especially, it is more surprising to see that some well-known individuals also fall in love with Vietnamese food. Some of them have visited Vietnam to learn about the origin of the typical cuisine. Here are the famous people who are interested in Vietnamese food. 

Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama had one of the most famous and tasty Hanoi noodles for dinner on his first night in the Vietnamese capital on May 23. It is so nice to see US President sitting on a small plastic stool, having a local Vietnamese meal in a Hanoi restaurant with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.

After that, the restaurant Bun Cha Huong Lien, which is a family-style known for having one of the best bun cha in the Hanoi city, has experienced a big number of customers, with many flocking to try the dish that has been dubbed "bun cha Obama", according to Tuoitre news. Bun Cha is the delicious aroma of pork grilling. It is marinated pork patties and pork belly grilled over a charcoal fire, perfectly complemented with rice noodles, herbs and a fish sauce broth.

On his Facebook, Bourdain said "The President's chopstick skills are on point," adding he "picked up the bill" for the US$6 dinner.

Speaking at a conference after the talks with his Vietnamese counterpart, Obama said he would like to try the Vietnamese iced milk coffee.

“I look forward to the opportunity to meet with the Vietnamese people… Maybe I will try some ca phe sua da,” he said with the accurate name of the drink in Vietnamese.

While bun cha is a typical dish of Hanoi and northern cuisine, ca phe sua da is a flagship coffee of southern Vietnam, especially Ho Chi Minh City.

 “[Vietnam] is a remarkable and beautiful country,” Obama said.

Anthony Bourdain

Bourdain is an American chef, author, and television personality. He is a 1978 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of numerous professional kitchens, including many years as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles.

He became widely known for his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.

Bourdain said: "The trip to Vietnam changed my life!".

During this trip in 2014, he was particularly impressed with the cuisine of Hue, such as bun bo (beef noodle), banh beo (pan cake), com hen (rice with mussels), banh bot loc (rice cake with shrimp stuffing).

Besides “bun cha” (noodle with fried pork), eaten by US President Barack Obama during his recent visit, bia hoi (draught beer) and bun oc (noodle with snails), two famous dishes of Hanoi. 

For Vietnamese people, Bourdain is a friendly name reminds us about the man who has a great love for Vietnamese food.

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay is a British chef, restaurateur, and television personality. His restaurants have been awarded 16 Michelin stars.

Ramsay is known for presenting TV programs about competitive cookery and food, such as the British series Hell's Kitchen, The F Word, and Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, along with the American versions of Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior and Hotel Hell.

In 2015, He is the 21st highest earning celebrity person in the world.

Gordon Ramsay has put Vietnamese food on the top of his list. In 2011, Ramsay visited Vietnam food are an episode of Gordon's Great Escape and quickly was impressed with the Vietnamese dishes with diverse flavor.

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver is a British chef born in 1975 in United Kingdom. As a child he worked in his parent’s restaurant, thus influencing his career direction. At age 16, he attended Westminster Catering College and then gained valuable experience working at several reputable restaurants. Now he is famous for cooking show, The Naked Chef. 

There is a special thing that Oliver is very interested in Vietnamese cuisine. He had introduced the recipe for many Vietnamese dishes, for example “ca kho to” (braised fish), bun cha (vermicelli and grilled chopped meat), “pho ga” (chicken noodle) and “pho cuon” (rolled noodle) on his own website and Youtube channels.

Oliver used to register to join the Vietnamese cuisine club of a Vietnamese girl named Uyen Luu. After that, Uyen Luu was more known and her club’s prestige was enhanced. The club was very successful, becoming one of the most attractive places that lovers of Asian cuisine in London.