Beef noodle seller is brought in by Vietnam police for impersonating Salt Bae

Police in Vietnam have summoned a beef noodle seller who filmed himself meeting Turkish celebrity chef Salt Bae. imitated days after a top Vietnamese official was caught on camera eating a gold-encrusted steak at the famous Turkish chef’s restaurant in London.

Footage posted online shows Bui Tuan mimicking Lam Salt Bae by ceremonially cutting cooked beef and sprinkling flamboyant green onions into a bowl of noodle soup.

But the 38-year-old, from central Danang, was quickly called in by police and denied trying to mock anyone – insisting it was only intended as a “nice” advertisement.

It came after a video surfaced earlier this month of Salt Bae, real name Nusret Gokce, showing him hand-feeding a £1,450 gold-wrapped tomahawk to Vietnamese Communist Party official To Lam.

The images, taken at the Turkish chef’s Nusr-Et Steakhouse in London, sparked outrage online.

Chef Salt Bae, Real Name Nusret Gokce, Became An Internet Sensation After A Video Showing Him Theatrically Seasoning Meats Went Viral In Early 2017.

Bui Tuan Lam'S Video Shows Him Imitating Salt Bae'S Herbal Technique With Green Onions

Bui Tuan Lam'S Video Shows Him Imitating Salt Bae'S Herbal Technique With Green Onions

Salt Bae (left) became an internet sensation after a video showing him theatrically seasoning meat went viral. Bui Tuan Lam’s video (right) shows him imitating the movement with green onions

Footage Surfaced On Social Media Last Night Of To Lam, The Country'S Public Security Minister, Seemingly Enjoying The £1450 Tomahawk Steak At Nusr-Et Steakhouse In Knightsbridge, London.

Footage Surfaced On Social Media Last Night Of To Lam, The Country'S Public Security Minister, Seemingly Enjoying The £1450 Tomahawk Steak At Nusr-Et Steakhouse In Knightsbridge, London.

Footage surfaced on social media last night of To Lam, the country’s public security minister, seemingly enjoying the £1450 tomahawk steak at Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Knightsbridge, London.

Footage Also Shows Bui Tuan Lam, 38, Imitating Salt Bae By Ceremonially Cutting Cooked Beef

Footage Also Shows Bui Tuan Lam, 38, Imitating Salt Bae By Ceremonially Cutting Cooked Beef

Footage also shows Bui Tuan Lam, 38, imitating Salt Bae by ceremonially cutting cooked beef

‘The video I made was for fun and to promote my beef noodle shop. More clients have come since I posted it,” Lam said, adding that it was not clear whether the police’s call was because of his video.

Police in Vietnam routinely summon activists and people who are publicly critical of the ruling Communist Party for questioning.

Lam, who previously criticized authorities on Facebook, said he had “raised his voice for a better society” and that police had previously summoned him to a rally in April, without saying why.

He described himself in a Facebook post uploaded alongside the video as “Green Onion Bae.”

Last week, Salt Bae uploaded a video of him feeding Vietnam’s Minister of Public Security, To Lam, a gold leaf encrusted steak at his London restaurant, where a steak sells for up to £1,450 ($1,960).

The original video was removed from Gokce’s TikTok account shortly after it was uploaded, and further copies were subsequently removed from the app for violating “community norms,” ​​Vietnamese users told Reuters at the time.

Days later, Facebook’s parent company Meta said it had unblocked the hashtag “#saltbae” after discovering the tag had been blocked worldwide after the images appeared.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the video led to the tag being blocked, and a Meta spokesperson declined to comment on possible reasons.

While it was being blocked, a search for the hashtag returned a message stating that community standards had been violated.

Footage Shows Lam Running Up And Down Behind His Beef Noodle Stall In Vietnam, Imitating Famous Turkish Chef Salt Bae

Footage Shows Lam Running Up And Down Behind His Beef Noodle Stall In Vietnam, Imitating Famous Turkish Chef Salt Bae

Footage shows Lam running up and down behind his beef noodle stall in Vietnam, imitating famous Turkish chef Salt Bae

1637182608 611 Beef Noodle Seller Is Brought In By Vietnam Police For

1637182608 611 Beef Noodle Seller Is Brought In By Vietnam Police For

Lam, from the central city of Danang, said his intention in making the video at his beef noodle stall was not to mock a particular person, but rather as a “nice” advertisement.

The Video Also Appears To Show Vietnamese Ministry Spokesman To An Xo Alongside Lam. Sat

The Video Also Appears To Show Vietnamese Ministry Spokesman To An Xo Alongside Lam. Sat

The video also appears to show Vietnamese ministry spokesman To An Xo alongside Lam. sat

Turkish Chef Nusret Gokce, Better Known As 'Salt Bae' Cuts The Steak For Lam (Pictured), Salting It In His Signature Pose, Before Feeding It From His Knife To The Official

Turkish Chef Nusret Gokce, Better Known As 'Salt Bae' Cuts The Steak For Lam (Pictured), Salting It In His Signature Pose, Before Feeding It From His Knife To The Official

Salt Bae - Who Became An Internet Sensation After A Video Of His Theatrical Meat Seasoning Went Viral - Opened His Knightsbridge Restaurant In September To Mixed Reviews.

Salt Bae - Who Became An Internet Sensation After A Video Of His Theatrical Meat Seasoning Went Viral - Opened His Knightsbridge Restaurant In September To Mixed Reviews.

Turkish chef Nusret Gokce, better known as ‘Salt Bae’ cuts the steak for Lam (left), salts it in his signature pose (right), before feeding it from his knife to the official

“We have unblocked this hashtag on Facebook and we are investigating why this happened,” said a spokesperson for Facebook operator Meta, confirming that the tag had been blocked for all Facebook users around the world, not just in Vietnam.

At a Congressional hearing earlier this year, Meta Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said artificial intelligence plays a major role in “content moderation,” responsible for removing more than 90 percent of content deemed to violate Facebook’s rules. guidelines.

Lam, 64, was in Britain during a visit by senior Vietnamese officials to the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow.

But footage of him munching on the gilded beef caused a stir both online and offline in Vietnam, with many wondering how such a high-ranking party official got caught on camera indulging in food with such a high price tag amid of repressive action by the state. on corruption.

In one Facebook post, user Nguyen Lan Thang, who has nearly 150,000 followers, changed his profile picture to a screenshot of the video, pointing out that the local media had kept quiet about the incident.

Security guards following this account have you seen the video of Minister To Lam eating cured beef? Do you know how many months’ salary you’d have to spend on just one piece of that steak?’ Thang wrote in one post.

It was not clear who paid for the meal. To Lam did not respond to a request for comment, nor did Vietnam’s foreign ministry, which deals with questions from foreign media.

TikTok and Gokce declined to comment.

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