Mike Chen’s Movable Feast at Buc-ee’s


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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

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Within two hours, the mom-and-pop business sold out of pork — including 1,200 skewers — and nearly all of the other Filipino dishes on the menu.

It was a record day for owners Josephine and Allen Cook, who run the weekends-only outdoor food stall near a farm road in the Collin County town of Princeton. Between the whole pigs roasting on spits and the cheery “shack” that’s both counter and kitchen, it’s a dead-ringer for the

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