As the coronavirus pandemic engulfs the world with emotions of panic and fear, a chef in Hanoi has found an ingenious way to spread joy and boost people’s morale. Preparing dozens of coronavirus-themed burgers each day, the chef is doing his bit to change people’s perspective about the virus.
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Coronaburgers Of Hanoi
At the Pizza Home takeaway shop in downtown Hanoi, Chef Hoang Tung and his team are spending their days preparing green-tea stained burger buns, with little ‘crowns’ on top. These crowns, made of dough, represent the glycoproteins projections present on the envelope of the coronavirus.
Believing in the philosophy – ‘Eat it, to beat it’ – Chef Tung says, “We have this joke that if you are scared of something, you should eat it. 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.”
Customers like Dang Dinh Quy say that the luminous green burger works as a morale-boosting treat. Quy, who took his grandson out for a burger, said, “This coronavirus is very dangerous. But if we eat a burger in its shape, in our minds it’s like we are already victorious.”
The shop sells around 50 burgers per day. However, a growing number of businesses in Vietnam have been forced to close because of the virus.
Coronavirus Figures In Vietnam
In mid-February, Vietnam had announced that all known 16 COVID-19 cases at the time had recovered, but the number soon changed after an influx of overseas visitors and returning Vietnamese citizens brought an upsurge in the cases.
As of March 31, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has confirmed a total of 204 cases of COVID-19 in the country. Authorities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have ordered all non-essential businesses to close; however, some food outlets, like Tung’s takeaway shop, are still open, and continue to spread joy in times like these!
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