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Covid-19 pandemic: Vietnamese chef spreads joy with ‘Coronaburger’

A restaurant in Vietnam recently came up with an unusually appetizing idea for a burger that looks like the coronavirus. Not to alarm people but to spread smile among masses.

By: Reuters | Hanoi | Updated: March 27, 2020 2:32:16 pm
coronavirus, covid 19, how coronavirus looks, corona burger, coronavirus shaped burgers, coronavirus food, odd news, indian express, As the world is fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic, the Vietnamese restaurant hopes to cheer people up with their new creation, in which the burger buns shape like a coronavirus. (Source: AP)

You’ve got to eat it, to beat it: That’s the philosophy of one Hanoi chef who is attempting to boost morale in the Vietnamese capital by selling green, coronavirus-themed burgers.

Laughing in the face of the global pandemic, Chef Hoang Tung and his team now spend their days moulding dozens of green-tea stained burger buns complete with little “crowns” made of dough to resemble microscopic images of the virus.

“We have this joke that if you are scared of something, you should eat it,” said Tung, at the Pizza Home takeaway shop in downtown Hanoi.

“That’s why the coronavirus isn’t scary anymore after you eat a burger in the shape of the virus itself. That way of thinking spreads joy to others during this pandemic,” said Tung.

 

The shop has sold around 50 burgers a day, despite the growing numbers of businesses in Vietnam which have been forced to close because of the virus.

In mid-February, Vietnam said all known 16 COVID-19 cases at the time had recovered, but that changed after an influx of overseas visitors and returning Vietnamese citizens brought an uptick in cases.

There are now 148 recorded cases of the virus in Vietnam, but no reported deaths, according to the health ministry.

coronavirus, covid 19, how coronavirus looks, corona burger, coronavirus shaped burgers, coronavirus food, odd news, indian express, vietnam coronavirus A pastry chef works on “Corona burger” buns at a restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam. (Source: AP)

Authorities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have ordered that all non-essential businesses should close although some food outlets, including Tung’s takeaway shop, are still open.

Taking his grandson out for a Coronaburger, Dang Dinh Quy, 66, viewed the luminous green burger as a morale-boosting treat.

“This coronavirus is very dangerous. But if we eat a burger in its shape, in our minds its like we are already victorious,” said Quy.

coronavirus, covid 19, how coronavirus looks, corona burger, coronavirus shaped burgers, coronavirus food, odd news, indian express, vietnam coronavirus Restaurant owner Hoang Tung holds up a “Corona burger” in Hanoi, Vietnam. (Source: AP)

“If you want to beat it, you’ve got to eat it first”.

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