Mofu Shoppe

MOFU Shoppe Brings Friends Together in Raleigh with Asian Flavors

Mofu Shoppe

I’m still the new girl in town in the Research Triangle area. For my Texas readers, that’s the surrounding area around Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham. Since being a resident for little over a month now, I try to invite new potential friends to meals once or twice a week. One of these new friends told me about a quarterly seminar event with a group called Triangle Food Makers that she, unfortunately, couldn’t make. I thought what a great place to meet local foodies!

So I made the drive to Raleigh, and thoroughly enjoyed the seminar portion of the evening but for reasons unknown to me, I clammed up and felt very shy. I’m not a shy person! I listened to restauranteers discuss the evening’s topic of food failures and felt more admiration for anyone who takes on the risky adventure of opening restaurants. I left without attempting to mingle. Speaking of food failures, I drove back home to Chapel Hill feeling like a failure myself.

As I was kicking myself for doing a terrible job at meeting people, I get a message from someone who was at this event and saw my paltry Twitter notes. Danae had seen my Instagram since before the event and wanted to meet me! My evening wasn’t wasted after all! After meeting her for breakfast a few days later, I found out she does social media management for MOFU Shoppe, a restaurant I’ve already had on my long list to check out! When I told my mom about this story and my list, she sighed dreamily and said it was as if our paths were meant to cross.

Even if you’re not from of the Raleigh area, you might have heard of or seen Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck if you watched Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.” They won the sixth season and recently pursued even greater things by opening a brick and mortar in downtown Raleigh called MOFU Shoppe. Their new physical space, converted from an old car dealership, is so airy and beautiful.

Mofu Shoppe

Danae and I met here for our third friend date for happy hour and giggled over Asian inspired dishes. We had the seafood salad, that night’s special, which consisted of mussels and tuna poached in a flavorful garlic butter. The colors of this dish were a feast for the eyes!

Mofu Shoppe

In fact, everything we enjoyed was photogenic and delicious. We shared the pork and chives dumplings ($9), crispy pork belly rice bowl ($9), and the fish tacos (3 for $18).

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All good! My favorite bite of these three were the fish tacos. Crispy generous portions of delicate flounder with a spicy cilantro cream sauce. My mouth is salivating as I type this.

And just when we both exclaimed how full and happy we were, Sophia, one of the owners, sent us over not one but two complimentary desserts! The gluten-free Coconut Honey Rice Pudding had a crispy brûlée top and a subtly sweet pudding.

Mofu Shoppe

And lastly, the Vietnamese Coffee Mousse sealed the deal. I’m not only returning soon to MOFU Shoppe to try more of their menu, but the Vietnamese Coffee Mousse became a must-order for my future visits.

Mofu Shoppe

MOFU Shoppe
321 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

So back to you friends, tell me about some great friend dates you’ve had recently. Where were you? Who were you with? What did you eat?

  • Vi

    Pluckers!! I never have a bad time there anytime I go with ANY friend!

    • I love Plucker’s Totchos!!

  • Jacob Casiano

    I recently went to Casa Chapala in Austin, Tx. They have the best avocado margaritas.

    • I don’t think I’ve heard of them!

  • That food looks so amazing. We are always looking for new places to try (well at least I am!).

  • Caroline

    Wow, this looks like an awesome place the dine. The food looks incredible!

    • It’s quite good!

  • That food looks incredible! Friend dates are so hard sometimes, but sounds like you had a few great ones :)

  • Leah Stauffer

    Wow! This place AND the food is beautiful!

  • The food looks delicious and the space is gorgeous. I can’t wait to try this out myself.

  • Jordyn Galan

    You take amazing photos! I scrolled back through just to see them again!

    • You totally made my day with this comment!

  • I love that space! I need to meet friends for meal more often!!

  • Azanique

    This place is so adorable! And the food looks amazing

    -xo, Azanique |

  • Ann

    This place is so beautiful and i can even feel the atmosphere. Those food looks so deliciously amazing.

  • Brittany

    I love plates that are just as beautiful as delicious! I had the hardest time making real friends the first time I moved away from home because I didn’t take advantage of all the social gatherings in my area! So the next time I moved I signed up for a put-put ice breaker and I’m still friends with the people I met that day!

  • Heather Brandon

    Looks so yummy! That looks like a great place to hang out with friends.

  • Melissa Vera

    What an amazing place to eat. I am going to have to check it out when I am Raleigh again.

  • Kristin @ FoodFash

    Such gorgeous restaurant shots! Makes me want to go here!

  • i haven’t been great about friend-dating lately. :/ but it sounds like despite not mingling the night of the event, you still made off with a great new friend! :D yay!

    • How come no friend dating?

      I miss the ease of it in Austin. My friends made life so happy. I’m homesick for them.

      • Mostly work and filling my calendar with volunteering. I should probably make more of an effort – turning into a recluse. Well, one that only hangs out with Ryan. :/

  • Mikkel Paige Mihlrad

    We went there for Valentine’s Day this week and LOVED it!