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The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum was thrilled about the success of their first Noodle Cook-Off, featuring special guest from the world-renowned Strictly Dumping YouTube page, Mike Chen. Millions of food enthusiasts follow his global adventures and mouthwatering video reviews that led him to downtown San Diego on June 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Museum’s Chuang Archive & Learning Center.
The museum teamed up with four local chefs to host their first-ever noodle competition, and each chef created a noodle dish to impress the guest judge panel, 100 guests and museum members. They had one challenge: the control ingredient was a package of 99-cent ramen noodles, and they had to use the ingredient to create a dish for all to sample. The creativity behind the technique, flavor, added ingredients, presentation and spice level determined the winner.
Event-goers enjoyed noodle-filled lumpia from Chef Spencer Hunter of Hunter’s Home Kitchen, an Italian-style ramen with beef cheek from Chef Johnny Manneh of Happy Sushi, a modern take on Taiwanese beef noodles from Chef Ethan Yang of Zen Modern Asian Bistro and stuffed squid with tuna from Chef Jeff Roberto of Sushi on a Roll. Along with the noodle dishes, Duck Foot Brewing Co. provided an assortment of locally-brewed beers and IC Monster was rolling ice cream delights on-site.
As judges Mike Chen, Cathlyn Choi of Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen and Candice Woo, founding editor of Eater San Diego, sampled and scored dishes, they eventually chose Chef Ethan Yang as the Noodle Cook-Off Champion for his rich broth and well-cooked noodles.
That Saturday, the museum was filled with San Diego food aficionados, Mike Chen’s fans and followers, museum patrons and members of all ages. More than 100 guests had the chance to meet and take a photo with Mike Chen, participate in a Q&A and watch up-close as the four competing chefs assembled and garnished their dishes.
After the event, attendees were encouraged to walk around the corner to the museum’s Mission building on Third Avenue and explore the permanent exhibition and garden. Many strolled through, some for the first time, with full stomachs and big smiles.
The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum would like to thank the four restaurants that cooked for our guests, the three guest judges that for their time and taste buds, Alex Nguyen from NBC 7 San Diego for being a wonderful event emcee, The Pendry Hotel for hosting Mike Chen, Maruchan for providing noodles to the chefs and all guests for attending and making the event successful.