Pho Nomenal Dumpling – Tasty Asian Eats on Wheels

The abundance of food trucks in the Triangle area is plentiful and the demand is only growing.  These delicious meals-on-wheels options are great because they serve up quality food fast, which is perfect during the lunch rush or after hours post bar-hopping.  Our new Food On The Move Directory will feature a new food truck each time so you can get a feel for all cuisines available here in the Triangle in a mobile format!  We will include just enough information on each food truck to give you a “quick bite” that we hope will inspire you to track them down and try their food for yourself.  Here’s more about Pho Nomenal Dumpling…

Pho Nomenal Dumpling (Photo courtesy of Pho Nomenal Dumpling)

Pho Nomenal Dumpling (Photo courtesy of Pho Nomenal Dumpling)

Who runs the truck?

Sunny Lin and Sophia Woo have been serving up Asian cuisine inspired by their Southern roots off their food truck Pho Nomenal Dumpling (or those who knew it when it was Dump Pho King Truck) since 2014.  These two ladies met while attending school together at NCSSM in Durham.  Although initially on very different career paths, Sunny and Sophia soon joined forces to become the powerhouse Pho Nomenal Dumpling food truck is today.  This also includes a big win as Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race Winner in 2015.

Why did you choose Pho Nomenal Dumpling?

As two Asian Americans growing up in the South, Sunny and Sophia wanted to “marry the cultures and merge the styles” of both cuisines.  Their menu features dishes morphed from Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Korean origins, to name a few.  Sunny says they wanted to use the truck as a way to “preserve our culture and share it with others through food.”  Sunny and Sophia are quick to tell me their success is not only due to their incredible amount of tenacity and work ethic, but the local food community.  Sunny continues, “We’re so grateful to have so many great food trucks in this area that helped set a precedent for the quality of food that’s accepted here in the Triangle.  People know what good food is and we’re able to provide it to them in an unpretentious format of a food truck.”  Sophia adds, “This experience has reaffirmed my belief in humanity.  So many people have supported us from our beginning days as a Kickstarter until now as regulars of the truck.  We’re lucky to have such a solid, good community behind us.”

Pho Nomenal Dumpling - Sophia and Sunny

Pho Nomenal Dumpling – Sophia and Sunny

What items are they cooking up?

Sunny and Sophia tell me their menu stays the same to keep the regulars coming back.  “Our customers have grown used to coming to our truck to have our staple items each time they visit.  However, we do offer specials to keep it interesting and new, too,” says Sophia.  Dishes right now include the namesake items of pho and dumplings along with Taiwanese noodles, corn dog banh mi, bulgogi sloppy joe and vegan Thai curry noodles.

When can I eat their amazing food?

Pho Nomenal Dumpling can be found across the Triangle serving it up at both local food rodeos and rotating lunch locations.  Their schedule is usually packed, so keep an eye out for where they’ll be over at their website or social media accounts.

Where can I find their truck?

Pho Nomenal Dumpling have their schedule posted on their site.  They can also be found on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

What’s the price range of the menu?

Dumplings $7.00-$9.00 and Entrees $4.00-$9.00.

Spoiler alert: The corndog banh mi is so simple, yet so tasty.  The perfect mashup of Asian American nostalgia found in the form of a corndog topped with pickles, cilantro and sriracha mayo.

Pho Nomenal Dumpling - Corndog Banh Mi

Pho Nomenal Dumpling – Corndog Banh Mi


Tessa Nguyen is a chef and registered dietitian working in the Triangle area. She is an alumna of Johnson & Wales University and Meredith College. When Tessa isn’t traveling and discovering new food spots, she teaches culinary nutrition cooking classes at Duke and works as a consultant in the health and wellness industry. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter @ChefTessaRD.

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