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?

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