Keep Dallas Observer Free
Mike Chen is a food vlogger (video blogger) with more than 3.7 million followers on his Strictly Dumpling YouTube channel. Chen was born in China but raised in the Midwest, where his parents ran Chinese buffet restaurants, giving him a front-row seat to the food business from an early age. Later in life, Chen had jobs in finance and digital strategy before becoming a full-time eater. Recently he moved from Seattle to North Texas, where he’s made quick work of acclimating to Texas cuisine.
Last week, the 40-year-old headed south to Central Texas where he had a fried chicken sandwich in Austin before waking up predawn to stand in line in the rain for Snows BBQ in Lexington.
This week’s video, however, was all