Days after footage of a Vietnamese minister eating gold-plated steak at Nusr-Et restaurant in London was shared, a peddler in Vietnam who imitated Nusret Gökçe’s salt-sprinkling action and shared the video on his social media account was summoned to the police station.
Bui Tuan Lam, 38, from Danang city, shared a video of him carefully slicing the boiled meat and flamboyantly sprinkling the scallions on the noodle soup. Lam described himself as “Fresh Onion Bae” in his Facebook post.
Last week, Nusret Gökçe, nicknamed ‘Saltbae’, shared images of Vietnam’s Minister of Public Security, To Lam, feeding him with his hands at his restaurant in London.
Before the images were removed, it went viral on Facebook and TikTok, in a country where a person earns an average of a few dollars a day, the minister’s eating at the restaurant known for its astronomical prices drew backlash.
Many commented that the meal was even more expensive than the minister’s monthly salary.
The prices of the meals are not listed on Nusr-Et’s website, but according to the comments made, the gold-plated steak is priced between $67 and 2022. This amount does not include drinks, side dishes and 15% service charge.
The monthly salary of the Vietnamese minister is between 600 and 800 dollars, excluding additional allowances.
Lam, on the other hand, said that the purpose of making the video was not to mock anyone.
“The video I made was for fun and to advertise my noodle shop. More customers have been coming since I posted it,” said Lam, adding that it is not clear whether he was called to the police station because of the video.
After attending the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, Minister To went to London with his delegation.
The previous day, he had visited the grave of the communist philosopher Karl Marx.
Days after the meal in question, Facebook announced that it detected and unblocked the ‘#saltbae’ hashtag worldwide after the image was released.
EXPRESSIONS OF THE CRITICIANS OF THE GOVERNMENT ARE TAKEN
It is routine in the Southeast Asian country that activists and public critics of the ruling Communist Party are summoned to the police station for questioning.
Reuters reported that Danang police did not respond to a request for comment.
Lam, who had previously criticized authorities on Facebook, said he was “raising his voice for a better society” and that the police also called him to the police station in April, without specifying why.
It is not the first time that a public official has faced public reaction for eating at Nusret Gökçe’s expensive restaurant.
In 2018, footage emerged of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro eating at the Nusr-Et restaurant in Istanbul with his wife, while the food crisis was raging in his country. The images garnered a reaction.
Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Güncel by www.cumhuriyet.com.tr.
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