For those who’ve tried pho — the iconic Vietnamese noodle soup made painstakingly by slow-cooking meat (chicken or beef) with charred onions, ginger, and a medley of spices — you’ll know that once the craving sets in, you’re not going to stop until you knock out an entire bowl.
While I’m always an advocate of the classic noodle restaurant (the best ones titled “pho” followed by a number) sometimes, you can’t get your fix if it’s too early or late in the day.
It turns out Trader Joe’s just added Beef Pho Soup to their list of frozen food options and features tender, seasoned beef, rice noodles, and a pho broth flavored with aromatic herbs, including basil and cilantro.
All you’ll have to do is pop it into the microwave for six minutes, or cook it on the stovetop for 10, and you’re good. But things wouldn’t feel complete without the necessary pho accouterments such as bean sprouts, Thai basil, jalapeño slices, and perhaps a squirt of hoisin sauce and sriracha.
You can find the new pho entree in the frozen food section of your local Trader Joe’s. If anything it might help those pho cravings until you can make your way into an authentic restaurant. Though I gotta try it first and see.