Lonely Planet Writer

US president Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain enjoy a beer and a meal together in Vietnam

Anthony Bourdain is famous for travelling the world and exploring cultures through their food, but he grabbed even more attention yesterday in Hanoi, Vietnam due to his fellow famous and well-travelled dining companion – US president Barack Obama.

The President’s chopstick skills are on point . #buncha #hanoi

A photo posted by anthonybourdain (@anthonybourdain) on May 23, 2016 at 7:22am PDT

The former chef posted a picture of himself dining with the president, captioning it “The President’s chopstick skills are on point. #buncha #hanoi”.

Obama has been in Asia this week, touring countries to promote diplomatic relations. He stopped by a Vietnam restaurant to meet with Bourdain – known for his travel and cuisine series “Parts Unknown” – to sample bun cha, a dish that includes barbecued pork with rice vermicelli.

The meeting will be featured on a future episode of his show, according to CNN, and since the meeting was for his production, Bourdain tweeted that he picked up the tab, writing “Total cost of bun Cha dinner with the President: $6.00 . I picked up the check . #Hanoi”. He also commented on the particularly low key affair: “Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer”.

While Bourdain is most famous for travelling to amazing locations to sample local delicacies, he is also in the process of bringing some of those treats to New York in 2017.

Bourdain Market, a large scale food market, is coming to the city’s Pier 57 on Manhattan’s west end in 2017. The market aims to bring together chefs and street food from around the world and bring them to one space in New York.