The Pho Nomenal Dumplings food truck is on a roll.
The Raleigh-based food truck is one of two finalists in the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” with the finale airing this Sunday.
One week after the finale, Pho Nomenal Dumplings will bring their Asian cuisine to downtown Cary for the final Chatham Street Chowdown of the year. The Chowdown is Sunday, Oct. 4, from noon to 4:30 p.m. along Chatham Street.
The Cary food truck rodeo has grown over the summer, both in the number of trucks and the footprint.
The lineup, announced Tuesday, features several trucks new to the Cary event. The lineup features American Meltdown, Baguettaboutit, Banh Mi Ha Long, Barone Meatball Co., Baton Rouge Cuisine, Belgian Waffle Crafters (formerly known as Belgian Waffology), Bull City Street Food, D’Burritos, Dusty Donuts, Flattz Signature Flat Breads, JAM Soft Service ice Cream, Kocina, La Farm Bakery Bread Truck, Oak City Fish & Chips, Parlez-Vous Crepe, Philly’s Cheesesteaks, Pie Pushers, Stuft, The Humble Pig and Ty’s All Natural.
Downtown Cary restaurants Belle at the Jones House and the new Kababish Cafe also will have a presence at the rodeo.
Entertainment will be provided by West Street Band, which will play a mix of classic rock and Top 40 songs from noon to 2 p.m., and Bailey’s Comet, who will play rock, beach and funk tunes from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The event will stretch across Chatham Street, starting at Harrison Avenue, crossing Academy Street, and extending to Walker Street.
As for Pho Nomenal Dumplings, the 9 p.m. finale will determine who wins $50,000, plus bragging rights.
The truck was started by high school friends, Sophia Woo and Sunny Lin, who serve pho, a Vietnamese soup, and dumplings, among other dishes. The truck, initially called Dump Pho King, got on the road in April 2014.
When Woo and Lin needed extra help on the truck during food truck rodeos, they often called their friend, Becca Ruffin, another classmate from their days at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. When they got cast to on the sixth season of the food truck competition show, Ruffin agreed to help.
Ruffin, who lives in Cary, said previous experience prepared them to deal with their rough start to the season. The truck broke down at the beginning of the competition, and it had to be towed to the competition site.
“It wasn’t the first time this truck has had serious problems,” Ruffin explained. “We’re all problem solvers. We weren’t going to freak out about it.”
Ruffin said she has most enjoyed meeting customers who are watching the show and cheering for the local team – especially at viewing parties.
“I feel more connected to this community than I ever have,” Ruffin said.
On Sunday, Sept. 27, they will be hosting an event from 5 to 9 p.m. Blackjack Brewing in Raleigh. The event will include a mini-food truck challenge involving Chirba Chirba, AmigoSan and Sol Tacos. The event is $2 with proceeds going to Stop Hunger Now.
Blackjack will air the show’s finale after the event.
Correction: In a previous version of this story, Sophia Woo’s name was spelled incorrectly.
Andrea Weigl contributed to this story