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Sadness at Vietnam noodle shop where Bourdain dined with Obama

AFP  |  Hanoi 

The owner of a noodle shop where slurped down 'bun cha' with former US expressed her shock and sorrow today over the death of the globetrotting American celebrity

Huong Lien restaurant in the Vietnamese capital's leafy Old Quarter soared to fame after the 2016 sit-down between Obama and Bourdain for his show.

The pair shared a simple meal of pork noodles and fried spring rolls - each dish worth around USD 3 - and photos of the casual dinner quickly went viral.

Bourdain died by suicide while in filming an episode of his Emmy-winning and "Parts Unknown", the network said yesterday. He was 61.

"I was surprised and sad when I heard about (Bourdain's) death," Nguyen Thi Nga, co-owner of Huong Lien restaurant told AFP.

"(Bourdain) was a nice, friendly and folksy person... He praised our dish and its fish-sauce broth. He loved Vietnamese food," Nga said.

Obama posted a tribute on to Bourdain yesterday, sharing a picture of the pair drinking beer during the meal which took place during his state visit to

Bourdain came to several times throughout his life, making several TV programmes about his fascination with the country's

Inside the restaurant, as hungry customers poured in for lunch today, diners gave extra attention to the glass box in which the table and chairs used by Bourdain and Obama are preserved.

"I came here to share the grief of the loss of such a talented .. he was a such a special person because he had such a great passion for Vietnamese food," customer told AFP.

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 16:55 IST