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Pho Adventures

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  1. Ingunn

    I LOVE pho. We have it *at least* three times a week!
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    1. Ingunn

      Oh, and I have no idea about the calorie count either, but it can’t be much – I always lose weight when I go through a heavy pho period. :o) I get the vegan version though, and I go heavy on the veg, easy on the noodles (never been a noodle fan).
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      1. Lisa Eirene

        I was skeptical that it was so high in calories because it’s a broth. Broth based soups aren’t high in calories at all. And the add-ins are all natural veggies and stuff. It seems like it would be low to me!

    2. Lisa Eirene

      Wow! That IS love! What is your favorite thing to order?

      1. Ingunn

        My husband and I always share a bowl (portions tend to be huge) of vegan pho – it will usually have tofu or seitan for protein. I give most of my noodles to him, and then add lots of Sriracha to mine, I like it spicy πŸ˜€
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        1. Lisa Eirene

          I like it spicy too!

          I could definitely see splitting a bowl in the future. The portions were incredible.

  2. Karen@WaistingTime

    I’ve never tried it. Hmmm.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      It’s definitely not for everyone!

  3. Crystal

    I LOVE Pho.

    I was introduced to it about 7 years ago by my now husband (who is Vietnamese/Chinese) and it is a meal we crave on a warm day. I stay away from the tendon and tripe and try to get the leaner cuts of meat. In Vancouver, the portions are huge ~ so I would have to say 800 calories seems reasonable for your average size bowl.
    Why? because the noodles themselves are very very high in calories. As well, most of the cuts of meat are of the fattier, higher calorie type. If you ever watch the broth settle while it cooks the raw meat, you can often see the fat rise to the surface. The good places make their broth from scratch using up all the fatty bits and bones. And the sodium is through the roof from all the wonderful sauces used to flavour it!
    However, a bowl of Pho will keep you full all day long so it prevents me from snacking etc.

    But if you eat half the noodles, keep the lean cuts ~ it is a perfect dish to work into the diet. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      That makes sense, Crystal. There were a lot of noodles and I loved every bite of them! πŸ™‚ It was a meal I really enjoyed and will definitely be trying it again. I still think the broth makes it healthier than most soups. I’m not surprised about the sodium either.

  4. DefineDiana

    My Fiancee and I tried Pho for the first time a few months ago and really liked it. We got the full on version. I didn’t know what all was in it, but it was good. I would definitely get it again, but probably with the flank steak only like you got bc the other cuts were a bit to fatty for me. We split the soup and couldn’t believe how big it was.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I could probably eat the “other stuff” if I didn’t know what it was. But knowing what it was….meh. No thanks. Apparently the bowls are always big–that’s what everyone is telling me.

  5. Courtney

    I reluctantly tried pho at my boyfriend’s house. He is also Vietnamese/Chinese, so his mom made it frequently. I didn’t dislike pho, but I felt like it was lacking something.

    As for eating pho out, watch out for MSG. Almost all pho restaurants use an excessive amount of it.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Good call on the MSG. I am super sensitive to sodium. If there is tons in food I eat, I am insanely thirsty. That didn’t happen after pho so maybe it wasn’t too bad.

    2. Crystal

      I totally forgot about the MSG ~ some restaurants use it and some don’t! My husband’s mom cooks with it often as well ~ I only recently found out it is in about half of the dishes she makes and now I know what is in that little shaker I thought was just salt!
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      1. Lisa Eirene

        Goodness! That’s quite a difference! I will have to check the next time I go out.

  6. Becky

    I LOVE pho! There is a restaurant right by my work that has delicious pho and whenever we are sick we got get some. We add a little bit (or a lotta bit) of sriracha in to spice things up (and clear our sinuses). It is so good!

    And those cherry blossoms are gorgeous!!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yes! I added a TON of the sauce to my pho. Even though I liked the pho, it needed the hot sauce I felt.

  7. Deb

    I love pho! But the nearest place to us that serves it is an hour’s drive away so its been years since I’ve gotten to eat it. πŸ™ Now I really wish I had some extra cash so we could drive over there!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Man! Where do you live? Is it out in the country? I’m just curious why everything is so far. But don’t mind me, I’m a city girl used to having things 5-10 minutes away at all times.

      1. Deb

        I live in Lancaster, CA. I’m literally right smack dab in the middle of the old part of town, 5 minutes from all the necessities. But if I wanted to say go to a club or a bar that wasn’t a total dive, or go somewhere for some sort of ethnic food other then watered-down Chinese or Thai (we do have one really good Thai place within walking diastance- Yay!), I’d basically have to drive at least as far as Valencia, maybe as far as Los Angeles. Nothing ever happens here. There’s some nature areas (a few that are absolutely gorgeous), and if you head out of town a bit, tons of agricultural stuff, and there’s an Indian museum way out on the East side, but as far as “civilized” stuff? We’ve got nothing.

        I don’t want to sound like I’m totally bitching about it though. Yeah, a lot of things I’d like are usually out of reach, but for the most part its quiet here. That part is nice, and travel fifteen minutes outside of town and you can see every freaking star in the sky at night! That alone makes it worth it. πŸ™‚
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        1. Lisa Eirene

          I don’t think you’re complaining at all. I totally get the draw to live in the “outskirts” where it’s a little more country and peaceful. I’ve lived in the city my whole life but escaping out of it is something I love to do. Of course, I’d want to be within driving distance of the necessities. πŸ™‚

  8. Erin

    I love pho! Me and my husband go several times a month. I’m not sure where you are in Portland but our favorite place is Pho Huy on SE 82nd (in the Winco parking lot area) near the Clackamas Town Center. It is wonderful and the owner is so nice. Highly recommend you try it, they have an amazing pork wonton soup and a vegetable with tofu. I’m like you I prefer not to eat the tripe, I don’t like the texture. Glad you had a good 1st Pho experience!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for the recommendation, Erin. I’ll give that place a try. Have you been to that Sushi place in the parking lot next to Winco? It’s really good for Clackamas.

      1. Erin

        I don’t think so. We go to a place called sushi kata, its off of McLoughlin BLVD, that’s wonderful, its a total hole in the wall but they have amazing food and great prices.

        1. Lisa Eirene

          I haven’t heard of that one. I’ll have to try it. Thanks!

  9. Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic

    Wow, I’ve never even heard of it before. It does sound adventuresome!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I started hearing about it a few years ago. It was really popular in Seattle and my friends that live there went often.

  10. Dalton Chad Everett

    Very nice article!
    I’ve only tried Pho once, finally caving in after years of attempts by friends to get me to sample it. I popped into a Vietnamese restaurant for some pho on a whim while out alone running errands. I had no idea what I was ordering, and the results backed that up. The dish (a broth with a number of puzzling ingredients) was OK, but when trying it again I’d want someone along with a deeper knowledge of the dishes.
    Quite a few people whose culinary opinions I respect recommend pho cuisine as being among their favorites, so I owe it to myself to give it a thorough evaluation!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      That is incredibly brave, Chad! I was afraid to try it on my own because I had no idea what to order. Granted, once I got there I realized I could have figured it out because the menu clearly spelled out which dishes had the tendons and tripe, etc.

  11. Kristina

    oooh, Pho Dalat! I used to eat lunch there a few times a week, no joke! my boss, the doc and owner of the Naturopathic Clinic I managed right next door loves that place, and we would eat there all the time. they make him this awesome dish that isn’t even on the menu, lemongrass chicken with peanuts and all kinds of veggies – SO good… I would get it with tofu instead of chicken.

    before it was Pho Dalat it was an awesome Chinese place… Rainbow Village? so so good. πŸ˜‰
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I wonder if that’s the Naturopath that my friend raves about. I will have to ask her.

      That chicken and peanuts dish sounds AMAZING! I want THAT!!!

      1. Kristina

        oh I’d love to know if it is!

        I think you talked about Ken from Kenny & Zuke’s, that he is seeing an ND to naturally manage his diabetes?? He sees my boss, Dr Milner! AWESOME doc, the best I have ever known. πŸ™‚
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      2. Kristina

        go in and say you want what they make the Doc next door… maybe it’s on the menu by now! πŸ˜‰
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    2. Kristina

      oh, and hi!!

      life has been incredibly… busy and different lately. I didn’t even see this in my reader, I just came here because it’s been so long. sorry about that πŸ™‚

      hope all is well with you two!
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