Vietnamese Chef Channels Disney Magic to Create “Monsters, Inc.” Coronavirus Burger!

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In these uncertain times, we can all use a little extra Disney magic in our day-to-day lives. A Vietnamese chef who has been forced “to close four of my restaurants” since January has crafted a Mike Wazowski-inspired coronavirus-shaped burger that is meant to help people cope with the havoc the illness is wreaking across the globe. 

Chef Hoang Tung, founder of Hanoi, Vietnam’s Pizza Home restaurant chain, shared with Efe News “The economy is really down…So last week I thought of making something that helps sell more and cheer (people) up.” 

While Tung and his young son were watching the Disney/Pixar film, Monsters, Inc., the restaurateur was struck by the fact that Mike Wazowski strongly resembles the COVID-19 coronavirus molecule. In spite of this, Tung found Mike to be pleasant and fun to watch. 

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Monsters Inc.’s beloved lime green character ultimately inspired Tung to create a burger shaped like the novel coronavirus served on a green-tea bun. In his Efe News interview, he said, “I talked to my chefs and in one day we made the recipe.”

Tung continued, “When I sold the first Coronaburger, I posted the photo on my Facebook (account) and after a few minutes we already had 50 orders. It’s big news in these depressing times.” While the burger’s whimsical look isn’t meant to downplay the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is intended to give people a lighthearted moment amid their day-to-day uncertainties.

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One of Chef Tung’s loyal clients suggested the motto, “If you are scared of the coronavirus, eat a Coronaburger,” and it has helped sales skyrocket. Although Vietnam shares its northern border with China, the country has taken strict measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, citing just 148 confirmed cases and no deaths.

Try your hand at magical Disney recipes at home!

Even if you can’t order a Coronaburger, you can still whip-up some Disney magic in your own kitchen. Whether you try this fan-favorite bread pudding recipe straight from Disney World’s ‘Ohana restaurant or you prefer pancakes inspired by classic characters from Winnie the Pooh, it’s easy to add pixie dust to mealtime with Disney recipes!

What do you think about the Mike Wazowski inspired Coronaburger and it’s unlikely Disney connection? Tell us in the comments!

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