Special dishes offered free for international reporters covering Trump-Kim summit

Special dishes offered free for international reporters covering Trump-Kim summit

By Truc Diem

Xoi (steamed sticky rice) served at the press center – PHOTO: TRUC DIEM

HANOI – Vietnam offers nine traditional dishes free of charge to international reporters coming to Hanoi for the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The dishes include bun cha (kebab rice noodles), banh cuon (stuffed pancake), bun thang (hot rice noodle soup), pho (noodle soup), xoi (steamed sticky rice), che (sweet soup) and some others, according to the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports.

Thousands of reporters have gathered at the summit press center. Reporter Bhavan Jaipragas from South China Morning Post said he arrived in Vietnam last Saturday and has tasted many Vietnamese dishes.

“Vietnamese cuisine is so wonderful,” he said. According to Bhavan Jaipragas, serving Vietnamese food to nearly 3,000 reporters is a good chance to promote the country’s cuisine and tourism.

Reporter Eldad Beck from Israel Hayom said he has visited Vietnam many times and eaten lots of Vietnamese food, but pho is his most favorite dish.

“I’m very glad that all of my favorite dishes are served at the summit press center. Besides landscapes, cuisine is a good way for Vietnam to promote its tourism,” he said.

Hanoitourist and Saigontourist are offering free tours for the reporters to explore Hanoi, Halong, Ninh Binh, Bat Trang Pottery Village and other attractions.

However, talking to the Saigon Times, some reporters said they are too busy to join these tours.

Pho (noodle soup) is one of the most favorite dishes