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Phonation Food Truck Uses Trashcan to Cook Food in Back Alley

Phonation Food Truck Uses Trashcan to Cook Food in Back Alley

Phonation Food Truck Uses Trashcan to Cook Food in Back Alley

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Washington D.C. Food Truck, Phonation, has been serving Pho dishes to the Washington D.C. area since 2012.  Phonation opened in June 2012 by Rachel D’Ruan and Ann Doan.

In 2013, Phonation was listed by DCist as one of the 14 Best Food Trucks in D.C. In 2016, Phonation’s take on the banh mi sandwich was honored by Eater, Washington D.C., as one of several standout sandwiches in the Washington D.C. area.

Currently, on any given day, Phonation can be found selling food in locations across the D.C. area, including L’Enfant Plaza, Chinatown, Metro Center, and L & 19th Street. Each of these sites is major areas that attract hundreds of customers looking for a quick lunch every week.

In 5 years, Phonation has gained the reputation of one of the top Pho food trucks in the D.C. area.

Before 2012, D’Ruan and Doan operated another Pho Food Truck in the D.C. area, Phonomenon.  Phonomenon was closed in August 2011 due to “internal conflicts.”  These conflicts caused the Pho dishes served by Phonomenon to be inconsistent in quality.  Check out pictures below of the same dish served by Phonomenon in 2011.

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Credit: Washington Post/Tim Carman

Phonation

Credit: Washington Post/Tim Carman

The inconsistent quality of food, mixed with internal conflicts between D’Ruan and her partners led her and Doan to shut Phonomenon down in August 2011 and open Phonation less than a year later in June 2012.

After the failure of one food truck, D’Ruan and Doan have been able to avoid controversy and maintain a good reputation in the D.C. area with Phonation…until now.

DMVFollowers recently received footage of Washington D.C. Food Truck, PhoNation, cooking their signature dishes in the back alley of their restaurant on 11th St. NW.

Check out the footage below:

This footage shows one of the owners of Phonation cooking the meat used in their Pho dishes inside of a trash can in a back alley.

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Phonation Cooking in Alley

This trashcan contained raw meat, broth, boiling water and other items from the Pho dishes.  In the footage, you see one of the chefs dumping the raw meat with bare hands into the trashcan.  You also see that same chef using paint buckets to add liquids into the trashcan.  The entire cooking process is unsanitary and is undoubtedly in violation of several D.C. health codes.

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Pho Nation Truck Parked In Back Alley

After a bad experience with Phonomenon and a few years of success with Phonation, D’Ruan and Doan are at the cusp of another major controversy.

The gourmet food PhoNation customers believe they are receiving is nothing more than a menu of “Back Alley Specials.”  Phonation, undoubtedly, has some questions to answer.

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