Wednesday, May 11, 2011
MAMA Phở Bò Án liêñ
Tools Required: Hot Water, Bowl w/ Lid, Spoon & Chopsticks
Snack Size (210 calories per package)
(available online through buyasianfoods.com)
Today I am trying the instant (Án liêñ) version of a dish that I had never heard of prior to moving to the Seattle area, and that seems to be incredibly popular here--there are dozens of restaurants devoted to serving Vietnamese Phở, which is a rice noodle soup. Phở Bò simply means "beef Phở." I have had the privilege of eating in a couple of different Phở restaurants now, so I am ready to see how the home version stacks up!
Like most Thai instant noodle products, the portion size is quite small. I am actually under the impression that these aren't necessarily meant to be eaten "plain," though--phở is generally served with a variety of meat, herbs, and sauces, so the flavor can be tailored to the individual. I am anxious to try these with the same treatment: some roast beef, sriracha and hoisin sauces, and maybe even some basil and bean sprouts; adding all that would turn them into a pretty decent meal size. Anyway, if I am wanting to "soup them up" with the same treatment as restaurant phở, that must mean I thought they were okay. :|