Turkey: Çiya Sofrası
> Location: Istanbul
Located on the Asian side of Istanbul, away from the touristy bustle of the city’s major attractions, is a culinary destination worth crossing the Bosphorus for. Çiya Sofrası offers a mind-boggling self-serve mezze bar, a huge array of kebabs, and rare regional dishes favored by chef-owner and culinary anthropologist Musa Dağdeviren, who collects and preserves unusual recipes from all over Turkey. Fruits with meat, such as lamb and quince or roast pork and apples, are a welcome combo, and the green walnut dessert is a surprise hit.
Vietnam: Bún Chả Hương Liên
> Location: Hanoi
Known for its exceedingly delicious and affordable fare, Bún Chả Hương Liên is a popular but unassuming Hanoi eatery that hit the global stage when Anthony Bourdain and Barack Obama dined there together in 2016. Now, the most popular meal combo by far is a replica of Obama’s meal: a bowl of traditional bún chả (grilled pork and rice noodles with broth and fresh herbs), fried crab spring rolls, and a bottle of Hanoi beer.
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