Police summon noodle seller after Salt Bae parody

Police summon noodle seller after Salt Bae parody
Noodle vendor Bui Tuan Lam was issued a police summons after posting a video of himself theatrically preparing and seasoning a bowl of beef noodles. Source: PETER LAM BUI
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Daily US Times: Vietnamese police have summoned a man after he parodied Turkish steak chef Nusret Gökçe, also known as Salt Bae.

Salt Bae made into notice in Vietnam after footage showed him hand-feeding a top Vietnamese official a gold-encrusted steak in London.

The video had generated massive outrage in Vietnam as many saying that the dish cost more than the minister’s monthly wage.

Police in Vietnam regularly summon people critical of the ruling Communist Party.

The noodle vendor, Bui Tuan Lam, posted a Facebook video of himself sprinkling spring onions on a bowl of beef noodles, in what appears to be an imitation of Mr Gökçe’s style.

In a post uploaded alongside the video, Mr Bui described himself as “Green Onion Bae”.

Six days later, police in the south-east Asian nation issued Mr Bui a summons.

Mr he later posted photos of himself being questioned by two uniformed policemen, saying he was issued a second summons.

However, Mr Bui confirmed that during that meeting, the police didn’t mention his Salt Bae inspired video.

He said: “I don’t understand why I was summoned,” adding that they said it had “to be kept secret”.

He added he didn’t intend to remove the video because he thought there was nothing wrong with it.

Mr Gökçe had earlier hosted Vietnam’s Public Security minister General To Lam at his famously pricey London restaurant, Nusr-Et.

On 3 November, he uploaded a Tiktok video of himself personally preparing steak dishes in front of the Vietnamese delegation and hand-feeding a piece of a Golden Tomahawk steak to Mr To.

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