Houston Filipino resto fries up third lumpia-eating contest
HOUSTON, Texas – Local business Be More Pacific: Filipino Kitchen & Bar held its third lumpia-eating contest, in an ongoing effort to boost small businesses.
Be More Pacific invited restaurants to participate in the contest, which started in 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic, to help small businesses get visibility and customers.
Chris Nguyen, representing local business Seaside Poke, won this year’s contest, in which contestants tried to eat as many lumpia within the designated timeframe.
Nguyen ate 60 lumpia in 10 minutes. He’s a three-time champion.
“Last year, I ate 52. This year I ate 60. I honestly didn’t have a goal in mind. I just kept going and I had the competition next to me that kind of pushed me, so it was good,” Nguyen is quoted in Click2Houston.
“We’re hoping to promote other businesses. That’s number one. Number two, it brings everybody together during the Fourth of July… bringing people together, have some fun and also at the same time introduce Filipino culture,” Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen & Bar Owner Giovan Cuchapin said.