A cold front moved in last weekend, and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere – which means it’s probably here to stay for the next few months. Even though I can enjoy a hot bowl of soup on even the warmest of summer days, this time of year makes sitting down to some great Pho even better.
While some restaurants in Dallas offer great vegan Pho (Café Elite and D’Vegan come to mind), sometimes it’s nice to sit at home in your comfy PJ’s to enjoy a nice meal – which is why I took notice when I saw this Pacific brand Vegetarian Pho soup starter at Whole Foods recently.
The great thing about the soup starter kit is that it minimizes overall cooking time, while still allowing you to customize your Pho “fixins” with fresh ingredients. I decided to fry up some tofu and combine with brown rice noodles, cilantro, jalapeno, bean sprouts, hoisin and sriracha. In less than 20 minutes, I was able to sit down and enjoy a “homemade” bowl of Pho.
The verdict: The Pho base was pretty flavorful. I think it was a bit on the sweet side for me – a bit heavy on the anise – but overall good flavor. I prefer lots of liquid in my Pho, so adding a bit of water and a dash of tamari helped tremendously. Also being able to add as much jalapeno and sriracha is a bonus for me, as I do like it spicy!
For about $15 in supplies, you can easily make four or more servings, so cost-wise, it’s quite economical. If I’m out and about and in the mood for Pho, I’ll probably still go to a restaurant. But for those lazy days you feel like staying in, this is definitely a great option!