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Eating competitors go ‘pho’ the win

Posted: July 20, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 20, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Contestant Chris Song, right, reacts as server Huy Nguyen brings in a second bowl of pho at Pho Sure. Dan Watson / The Signal

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Eight eaters went bowl-to-bowl Saturday in a heated competition to see who could chow down the most food at a Santa Clarita Valley Vietnamese restaurant.

Saturday’s competition — held at the Pho Sure restaurant, located off Copper Hill Drive — was to see who could down the most pho, a traditional Vietnamese beef and noodle soup, in a 10-minute period.

This is the third year the restaurant has hosted an eating competition, according to Scott Yang, the manager of the restaurant, and Nina Tran, the owner of the restaurant.

“We do it in the summer because it celebrates the opening of our business,” Yang said. “And it’s always a great time watching neighborhood and community residents come out and compete to see who can consume the most food.”

The six men and two women who competed in the eat-off found each bowl of pho to be a feat to finish. Each one contained roughly one pound of noodles and meat and about 32 oz. of broth, Yang said.

Restaurant patrons and employees alike watched the competition, snapping pictures and taking video as competitors dug in.

In the end, it was Chris Song who was pronounced the winner. He downed one bowl and all but about 8 oz. of a second.

“Can I have another one?” he joked to a crowd of onlookers afterward.

Song said he lives near the restaurant and eats there fairly regularly.

But that doesn’t mean it was a walk in the park for him to down so much of it so quickly.

“The temperature was the major thing,” he explained. “I had to use ice to cool it down, so I could eat quicker.”

In recognition of his eating exploits, Song was given a trophy, which he raised triumphantly. Fittingly, he was also given a $100 gift certificate to Pho Sure.

“The winner also walked away with a little pride,” Yang said.
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