Sunny and Sophia started their journey to food by dreaming about building and running a food truck in 2013. With the help of a successful Kickstarter, they finished building the truck and started service in 2014 as a truck that sold dumplings and pho cheekily called the “Dump Pho King Truck”. After a year in operation they were approached by Food Network and invited to compete, along with their high school friend Becca Plumlee, in Season 6 of the reality TV show The Great Food Truck Race with Tyler Florence under the name “Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck”. Despite setbacks, including a blown engine in the very first episode, the truck eventually went on to become the first and only all-female team to ever win a season of The Great Food Truck Race. After being crowned champions of Season 6, Sunny and Sophia decided to keep the “Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck” name and put their $50,000 winnings from the show towards their brick and mortar restaurant – MOFU Shoppe.
MOFU Shoppe derives its name from several sources: “Fu” means fortune in Mandarin Chinese. MO (more) Fu (fortune); more Food; more Fun. Located on S. Blount Street, MOFU Shoppe brings the flavors of Asia to downtown Raleigh, fittingly, in an old car dealership (hence the unique garage doors). The dishes are inspired by the foods commonly eaten in several Asian countries and represent our identity in a unique way. We like refer to our approach to food and our identity as nature (Asian Americans) and nurture (who grew up in the South around lots of diverse ethnic food).
Enter near our indoor patio that provides sheltered open air seating, have a date under our intimate mezzanine or look over the restaurant from our second floor. Head to the bar to try one of our signature cocktails or have a glass of our selection of wine and local beer options.
A selection of small plates lead the menu. Share, mix and match for fun, before moving to our entrée section and dine on dishes of playful pork belly, whimsical fish, exotic duck and chicken dishes followed by flavorful Asian inspired sweets. A variety of dining options help make MOFU a unique experience for all kinds of guests and the large selections of gluten free and vegetarian dishes mean that all diners have plenty of choices. Our casual fine dining level of service and atmosphere lend themselves nicely to any occasion including important celebrations, business dinners, or just a friends night out. We are excited for you to come join us on our continued journey.
The MOFU Shoppe Family