Vietnamese minister slammed for savoring gold-plated stake and food “beyond monthly limits”


Social media users took to Twitter to criticize Vietnamese Minister of Public Security General To Lam after a video showing the minister enjoying a gold-plated steak from celebrity chef Nusret Gokce, known as ” Salt Bae “has gone viral, the BBC reported. The minister was reportedly trolled after being filmed enjoying food beyond his “monthly limits”. According to the BBC, General To Lam went to the Salt Bae restaurant (Knightsbridge Steakhouse) – which is one of the most expensive hotels in the world – to taste the gold-plated steak after attending the United Nations Summit on the climate (COP26) in Glasgow. The Vietnamese minister was reportedly accompanied by his delegation who accompanied Lam to attend the Climate Summit.

The case came to light after Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe posted a video on his TikTok account in which he could be seen serving the dish with his signature style. The famous chef is said to have 11 million followers. Although the BBC in its report did not mention the exact price of the gold-plated steak, critics told the outlet the costs ranged from £ 850 to £ 1,500 (Rs 85,000 – Rs 1,50,000). In particular, this is the only cost of the “expensive” dish that was served to the Minister, the restaurant also charges 15% more to its customers as service taxes.

Watch the video of Lam enjoying a gold-plated steak here:

Minister’s monthly salary ranges from $ 600 to $ 800

It should be mentioned that Vietnam, being a poor country, has already faced serious problems related to the economy. Therefore, savoring such expensive food by the minister whose monthly salary ranges from $ 600 to $ 800 (Rs 44,000 – Rs 59,000) is a shame for those who still have trouble getting even one only meal. However, it was not yet clear who footed the bill, and social media users were quick to suggest to the minister other options that could be both “delicious” and “affordable”. Watch the reactions of Vietnamese citizens here:

In Vietnam, the average Vietnamese citizen earns around $ 230 (Rs 23,000) per month, according to the 2021 General Statistics Office report. It should be noted that the country has grown at a very rapid rate over the past three decades, but the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have slowed the pace.
According to official figures, industrial production in August fell 7.4% from the previous year, and exports fell 5.4%, while retail sales of goods and services fell 33 , 7%.

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