Pho has been serving at Trinity Kitchen as one of their five permanent eateries since its opening in October 2013, and as far as I’m concerned, it is THE pick of the bunch. I’ve eaten there a number of times and have always walked away very happy. Even though I knew it was healthier than most meals I might have, I’d never really thought HOW healthy until now. Part of Pho’s ethos is to serve healthy, nutritious street food made with the freshest ingredients. They have a decent sized menu with enough variety for everyone, and not too big that it completely baffles you!! So continuing with the theme of ‘New Year, New You’ I visited with Pho the other half and my foodie friend Alice to sample some food.
If you want to look at the Nutritional Guidelines of every dish they are clearly shown on their website, and Justina who served us was more than happy to let us look at a copy. It was fantastic to see that MOST of their dishes are VERY health, nutritious and filling too.
We selected a number of dishes across the menu to get a good overview. I ordered the Super Green Juice made of kale, apple, pineapple and lime – it was refreshing, had a lovely freshness and it was if you knew it was doing you good.
Next up the starters: We tried to be good and choose everything healthy, but we couldn’t help ourselves and had a sneaky little portion of pork and lemongrass meatballs, which are a little bit naughty, but VERY nice!!! Aren’t they always.
I love the summer rolls, they are rammed with lots of fresh vegetables, herbs and rice noodles so ultra healthy, at only a meagre 115 calories, 0.8g fat (just 0.1g saturated)!! They are accompanied with great dips – peanut sauce, Nước chấm sauce (fish sauce, sugar, fresh red chillies, garlic & rice vinegar).
Our chosen salads were the Gỏi xoài -a spicy green mango salad topped with pork, dried shrimp & peanuts and Gỏi ngó sen – a salad of tangy lotus stems with chicken, prawns, green bean and sesame seeds. I’m not normally a huge salad eater, but these were both delicious!! Full of fresh flavours, the chicken and prawns were succulent and juicy, they still had a little crunch and tasted great!
Both salads are under 200 calories each!! The mango salad – 175 calories, 8.1g fat, (1.6 saturated) and lotus stem – 194 calories, 4.7g fat (1g saturated) respectively. Crazy healthy and a generous portion too!
The noodles were next: bun noodles are like a thin, soft spaghetti noodle, served at room temperature as they are in Vietnam, accompanied with a lemongrass, fresh herbs, beansprouts, peanuts and a chilli wok-fried topping. Served with the nước chấm sauce, you mix together all the ingredients to combine all the textures and flavours.
At just 424 calories, 8g fat (0.6g saturated) for chicken bun noodles and 362 calories, 5.1g fat (0.7g saturated) for prawn bun noodles they are both incredibly healthy, low in calories and very tasty!
My friend had the Phở tái lan with flash fried steak and garlic, served Hanoi style, as a steaming bowl full of rice noodle soup. Part of Vietnamese food is to be adaptable to personal taste, so it comes with a selection of condiments in the form of fresh mint, lime, chillies and bean sprouts so you can choose how to much heat or seasoning you’d like. At only 347 calories, 5.6g fat (1g saturated), it was a very healthy and satisfying bowl of food.
Pho are proud of the fact that their pho soups are low in fat & saturated fat, are a good source of 10 of your vitamins & minerals including vitamins C, B3, B6, folate, iron and magnesium, which are great for reducing tiredness and fatigue.
They also have a children’s menu and for people with particular dietary requirements, such as gluten, dairy or an egg intolerance, the menu is very well suited to these particular needs, as they use rice paper and rice noodles in a lot of their dishes. Great news which was welcomed by the other half!!
If you want a lovely lunch, dinner Pho is a great option for those who are after something filling, very flavourful, reasonably priced and healthy and nutritious!!! Food is priced at £3.95 – £8.25.
Disclaimer: I was invited by Pho as a guest so my meal was complementary, but the views are my own unbiased opinions. I would quite happily go back and pay full-price for the same meal though.Pho TK1 Trinity Kitchen,
401 Trinity Leeds,
LS1 5AY 0113 245 6926