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#1399: Vina Acecook Oh! Ricey Phở Bò Instant Rice Noodles

Phở is probably the most well-known dish of Vietnam. It’s also the most commonly incorrectly pronounced culinary item in the world – at least that’s my guess! It’s not pronounced like the word ‘foe,’ but f in ‘foe’ added to the o in ‘of.’ For Jersey folks, one could say it’s like the ‘fuh’ in ‘fuhgettaboutit.’ Phở is usually best when got from one of the zillions of Phở restaurants around. There”s a broth that’s cooked for hours and hours with beef, star anise, cinnamon and other spices. It’s then accompanied by different thinly sliced cuts of beef or chicken or meatballs. The Bò in Phở Bò translates to beef. You usually also get bean sprouts, sweet basil, jalapeno , and onion. Condiments can include sriracha, fish sauce and hoisin sauce. Lots of ingredients and lots of fun to eat! Let’s see how this instant version is and have a look under the hood.

Here’s detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add sachet contents to bowl. Add boiling water to fill line and let steep for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click image to enlarge).

An included fork!

The rice noodle block. Very broad rice noodle.

The powdered soup base sachet.

A very light powder.

A seasoned oil sachet.

Looks to be a lightly seasoned oil.

The vegetable sachet.

Lots of little bits and pieces going on here.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sukiyaki beef, lime, sweet onion and Texas Pete Sriracha Cha! chilli sauce. The noodles are flat and broader than the rice noodles usually accompanied by the kind at a restaurant. They are nice though and very palatable with a very comfort food kind of appeal. The broth has a nice flavor to it – richer than I expected and heartier too because of the oil. The veggie sachet also had hidden treasure – textured vegetable protein! Little TVP fake beef bits float around happily, although they seem to be like bits of gristle. Overall, a well done bowl of instant pho. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8934563220143.

Whoa! Noodle Chef Nonjas! That’s too awesome.

#502: Sunlee Pho Bo Instant Rice Stick Artificial Beef Flavour Bowl

So this looks interesting – a square bowl! It’s also Sunlee brand which I’ve enjoyed in the past. Got this at a nice little shop in Anaheim while we were doing Disneyland.

Rice stick? Beef and sticks of rice… Sounds like fun!

A few packets and a fork! Oil, veggies and seasoning powder

Here’s everything out of the packet atop the noodles. I like the color of the oil and the veggies against the rice sticks…

Click image to enlarge. So you add 360cc water and cover it for a few minutes and presto! Not too shabby – I wish the noodles had been a little more done. I let them sit extra long too. Maybe that’s what makes it ‘stick.’ Anyways, the flavor was nice and beefish and the broth was tasty. The broth did however have some greasiness that didn’t jibe right with the noodles and kind of knocked everything off kilter and made the meal seem like an afterthought as the packaging was very attractive.  I saw this same thing happen with the Fashion Foods varieties I’ve reviewed before. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. It could’ve been done a little differently and been quite nice but honestly it was a trainwreck.

I looked up Sunlee TVC on YouTube and this was right up there… Interesting…

An old film about propaganda.

#375: Vifon Pho Bo An Lien Vietnamese Style Instant Rice Noodle Beef Flavour

So here’s something new but kind of like a lot of other stuff…

Clockwise from top: powdered soup base, veggies and seasoned oil.

Sitting atop the noodles block. Looks like some broad noodles.

Click image to enlarge. Okay so the noodles are kind of broad, yeah. The broth is quite greasy. The noodles are mushy. The veggies are there but not enough. It doesn’t taste like beef pho. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars. Bummer, Vifon! Find it here.

#304: MAMA Phở Bò Rice Noodles With Artificial Beef Flavor Vietnamese Style

Phở bò? Here we go! I like the picture on the lid – looks very inviting and fresh and tasty. We shall see how it tastes! Join me won’t you? WON’T YOU?

The lovely fresh paradise on the lid is represented in reality by two packets – one seasoned oil and a dry packet with powder a rehydratables.

Was surprised there was no ‘just veggies’ packet…

Bam. Two fried eggs. Bam. A little Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Vegetarian seasoning on them.  Noodles? Primo excellente – nice and broad rice noodles, although nothing like you’d find at a local greasy phở joint. Broth was nice and lively too – hints of basil were there and had a nice beef broth flavor. The veggies were slim – a little carrot and onion. I liked it fine, but it could use a little work. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. Find it here.