February 25, 2019 | 05:04 pm GMT+7

Hanoi businesses do brisk business with Trump-Kim summit specials

Several enterprising businesses have cashed in on the Trump-Kim summit with signature products - craft beer, cocktails, haircuts and T-shirts.

Hanoi businesses do brisk business with Trump-Kim summit specials

A standing bar on Tran Vu Street has already gained a lot of attention with a craft beer named Kim Jong Ale, a kimchi flavored beverage concocted in Saigon.

Huong Anh, who manages the bar, has waxed lyrical about the beer for the occasion. "Kim Jong Ale is a customers’ favorite here. The inspiration behind this beer is the pure streams of Mount Paektu, which is located between North Korea and China," she told reporters.

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A wine bar in the capital city has also helped itself to some publicity and increased business with a cocktail called "Peace Negroniations," a variation of the classic Negroni, made with pink-grapefruit soju, vermouth and bitters. We replaced gin with soju for this special cocktail," bartender Chau said.

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Yet another bar on Hang Than Street brought out a cocktail called "Make the world great again", mixing soju, bourbon and Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, pineapple juice, vanilla and grenadine.

It took two days to complete this recipe, said Ngo Dinh Tien, a bartender.

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A pizzeria has been offering free pizzas to people with names similar to that of Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, and to those sporting the distinctive haircuts of both leaders, from February 20-28.

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To get such haircuts, the place to go to is the one on De La Thanh Street that has been offering these for free. The salon is even organizing a contest for people getting such haircuts, with the grand prize being free haircuts for three years.

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A South Korean restaurant in the My Dinh area has hung a banner on their door, featuring Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump and welcoming the summit. The owner said the poster has attracted a lot of attention with many customers taking selfies with it.

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An Old Quarter restaurant has hogged some attention for itself with hamburgers named after the two leaders - "Durty Donald" and "Kim Jong Yum," served with U.S. and North Korean flags.

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Perhaps the hottest summit item has been souvenir T-shirts. Truong Thanh Duc’s small shop on Hang Bong Street has been operating at full capacity, making 500 shirts a day with a design that says peace and carries pictures of both leaders. Each T-shirt costs less than $5.

By Tuan Hoang, Anh Tu