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Jurassic Pork: Pork Sandwich Eating Challenge at Essen

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by Stella Bella (subscribe)
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Published March 21st 2013
Take the beast out on a pork sandwich eating competition

The 1.6kg pork sandwich vs normal serve portion

Essen Restaurant is a popular German restaurant which is renowned for its eating challenges. I was delighted to experience its new event, Jurassic Pork, a Pork Sandwich Eating Competition.

Upon my arrival, I came across a painter who was drawing the Jurassic Pork image in the front, the patrons were very intrigued to find out what it was all about, including myself. The tables were all set up so nicely in a square with two bottles of sauce placed on top - Ceratops Cider and the Megaraptor Mustard. I guessed they would be my tasting condiments for the sandwich.

At 7 o'clock, they all arrived together with invited guests on the day. It looked like a team of Tough Guy competitors - there were no lady contestants. Some contestants looked very fit and healthy, I was actually a bit worried how they would be after the competition.

The Strong Man Show

The party kicked out with a Strong Man Show. He showed us his extraordinary strength by ripping a thick phone book into half and nailing a wooden board single-handedly. I had to hide my eyes when he screwed two long nails into his nostrils! It was a really dramatic way to launch the competition.

Happy contestants

Bring the 1.6kg pork sandwich, please

Let the competition begin

Around 7:30pm, we were all hungrily waiting for the competition get started. As we cheered, the waitress brought out the giant pork sandwich, which weighted 1.6kg and had two bunny ears made out of bacon. The organiser announced the rules of the competition to all the contestants; they had 40 minutes to finish everything on their plates - the giant sandwich with fried potato chips.

The exhausted winner, the Strong Man

For the guests, we had a quarter size serving. For the first 20 minutes, I could see the contestants enjoying their meals. They even had time to crack a joke or two among themselves. As time passed by, they eventually focused silently on finishing off their jumbo-sized sandwiches. Loosening the belts, standing up shaking their bodies, they started to use all their tricks to fit more food in. Only one contestant among the crowd remained calm - it was the Strong Man. When he put the last bacon ear into his mouth, the crowd waited with baited breath for his victory. He was the only man who finished everything on the plate!

I did it! Happy to be on the Wall of Shame

I even surprised myself by finishing off one whole sandwich. It was really delicious; the pork had been sliced into the right mouthful sizes, which made it easy to swallow.

A round of shots for the winner

The competition wrapped up with a line of liquor tasting. A triumph shot for the brave hearts and their stuffed bellies. The winner of the competition was rewarded with a Jurassic Pork T-shirt and the rest of the contestants were lined up to get their leftovers weighed. They were happy to pose before the camera and get their photos posted on the restaurant's Wall of Shame. That was a real joke to me.

When the cool weather starts to kick in, don't forget to treat your belly with a famous Jurassic Pork Sandwich at the Essen Restaurant when you pass by Ultimo. For more upcoming events, please visit their official website.
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Phone: 02 9211 3805
Where: Ultimo
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