Have you ever wondered to yourself if pre-made phở in a box would be a good idea? Well, I thought there wasn’t a better way to kick off October than to answer that question.
I am not a very picky eater, so I don’t often write about my dining experiences. In this entry, I’m not going to critique the flavors, the aroma nor even how I felt as I cooked–warmed up in this case–the food. Instead, I’m going to share the pictures of the food as I prepared it, how I went about cooking it and whether I liked the food or not.
I purchased the phở from Trader Joe’s. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Trader Joe’s, it’s a grocery store located in various parts of the country–in other words, it’s not a national chain. I thought it would be a good idea to wash down the phở with chicken eggrolls, also from Trader Joe’s.
Here are pictures of each item in their respective boxes.
Since I didn’t want to bother cooking the food via the stove, I decided to resort to my good old friend the microwave. The instructions called for adding water to the container, then nuking the phở for 3 minutes. For the eggrolls, I placed them on a dish and heated them for 3 minutes.
After cooking both items, I tested them to make sure they were really warm. I had to heat the phở for another minute because it was still a little cooler than what I would have liked. As for the eggrolls, you will notice I cut them in half. They were still a little chilly in the middle, so I wanted warm them for another minute.
Finally, after all that labor intensive work, both dishes were ready for consumption.
Regarding my overall impressions of the food, I probably won’t try these two things again. As I have already mentioned, I am not very picky when it comes to food. But, I wasn’t very thrilled with how these two things tasted. If you want to eat phở, I would suggest going to a Vietnamese restaurant that actually serves it.
I was disappointed with the chicken eggrolls because they tasted more like vegetable eggrolls. There was hardly any chicken in any of them, which left me pondering if I should report my missing chicken to the police. Then I realized, “Nah. The police are probably too busy arresting peaceful protesters.”