When the digits on your age are already telling you to drop the dilly-dally, maybe it really is the time to finally take some parts of your life seriously. Your health, for instance.
So why not try Pho Hoa Noodle Soup, which dubbed itself as the “Health Conscious Choice”?
Considered as the world’s largest Vietnamese restaurant chain, Pho Hoa Noodle Soup takes pride in serving its food offerings with the right mix of meat and vegetables, making them balanced meals.
I’ve known Pho Hoa ever since I got both the ability to roam around malls and read, and I used to just pass by it, not even thinking to ever eat at it. But on a night when all the people in the world seemed to be in Araneta Center, Cubao, and there was no other dining place that could accommodate me and Mom but this restaurant in Gateway Mall, we discovered a goodness that we should’ve tried a long time ago.
The interiors, including the comfortable chairs and tables, are pretty decent, and the prices of the food are very affordable.
Mom is always on a diet, so she ordered Chả Giò, which is classified as an appetizer, for only 195 pesos. It is made up of minced pork and vegetables, rolled in rice paper and deep fried, much like the Philippines’ Lumpiang Shanghai. Instead of being dipped in banana ketchup or sweet and sour sauce, Chả Giò comes with a mix of sugar, nuoc nam (fish sauce), vinegar, chili paste, and a little bit of sliced carrot. It is also served with lettuce, slices of cucumber, and some rice vermicelli noodles for that healthy twist.
For my part, I ordered a Vermicelli Bowl called Bún Thịt Nướng Chả Giò. For only 280 pesos, its single small serving is already good for two so Mom and I shared on it though Mom refused at first since, like I said, she’s on a diet. We both think it’s also a Chả Giò, only the rolls are thicker and the slices are smaller, tossed with other ingredients to make it balanced. Aside from the fried rolls, the meal also contains grilled pork, then vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, and lettuce, all sliced in julienne cut, and of course, the rice vermicelli noodles. It is also served with the same dip as with the Chả Giò.
All in all, our dine at Pho Hoa was nice, delicious, and definitely healthy. My Mom especially loved it that she said she and Dad will eat there again the next time they go to a mall that has it.
Truly, chances can sometimes make us stumble on hidden treasures. I am recommending Pho Hoa to my health-conscious friends. 🙂