review: annie chun’s pho

At times I find myself with the skepticism of my Father and Annie Chun’s packaged Pho was the most recent to fall prey to my budding skepticism. As in, I really didn’t have high hopes. My favorite soup out of a plastic cornstarch bowl? My favorite soup that I couldn’t even get right after hours and hours over the stove? But, I’ll try anything once for the sake of my readers. ;) And my curiosity.

Well, I’m here to say that I was wrong on my early skepticism. This was surprisingly good. Sure, it didn’t have wierd meatballs, fresh bean sprouts or herbs, but the flavor was so close to the Pho I love and I slurped with content.

Fan of:

  • the surprisingly, savory pho flavor
  • requires only boiling water
  • packaging is made of corn starch instead of plastic

Wished:

  • there wasn’t so much sodium – it is 80% of the daily value!
  • there was more protein (I think I’ll try adding some tofu next time)
  • it was a bit more filling (I need to balance the meal better and add a little fat – I had it with a salad which just wasn’t enough – hummus and veggies next time!)

 

Here’s the issue that I have – the nutrition stats are ok – for an entire lunch but I still questioned how this would leave me feeling after I ate it.  Hungry 5 minutes after eating it? Hungry in an hour? My recent trip to Haiti however makes me think twice about my “hunger” so I decided to slow down, have a cup of tea and then decide how I felt. Partially because I think there are times when I think I’m hungry but it isn’t really hunger that I’m feeling and partially because I was really crossing my fingers that this would keep me full enough to add into the lunch rotation.

It wasn’t as filling as I would like my lunches to be, but next time I’ll try adding some protein or pairing it with something more filling. I think this Pho can have its place – every once in a while.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 Bowl (85g)
Servings Per Container About 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220  Calories from Fat 10
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 970mg 40%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g  
Protein 6g  
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 2% Iron 4%
*Percentage Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

 

What do you think of the nutrition stats? Would this be an acceptable lunch for you?

Comments

  1. says

    i am trying to eat bigger lunches with protein and grains when i have to work in the evenings. i think all the brothiness would fill me up but i don’t know how long it would hold me. we are spoiled and lucky in the sense that if we eat this and are still hungry, it is super easy to find something else to eat.

  2. says

    You know what? I’ve been wanting to try this product for some time now. I see it in the stores and want to pick it up but for some reason I don’t.

    The sodium is high but it’s pretty typical in packaged items.

  3. Emily says

    I found this review because I just finished eating this pho, and was prepared for a 440 calorie-stuffing meal. I was starved as soon as I finished it, and I’m convinced the nutritional information in wrong, based on the weight of the noodles and other products in this line. The udon noodle bowl, for instance, is only 220 for the entire bowl, and is of similar weight and consistency. The higher calorie bowls have larger noodle portions, heavier sauces, and nut toppings. This felt about as satisfying as the udon noodles do. I’m contacting the company to see if I’m right.

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