Fake-out Instant “Phở” Jars

You know you’ve done something right with your lunch when everyone that walks by oggles your food and says,

“Oooo, what’s THAT?”

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There are a bunch of variations on these cup-o-noodle style, just add water noodle jars, like this one from Food 52, or this one from Serious Eats.

The beauty of these easy stunners is they are super customizable to your taste, plus they can be prepared ahead of time, or quickly in the morning when you’re finishing your cup of coffee.

cilantro and lime

I like my version because it involves absolutely no tedious vegetable chopping. I use super skinny frozen green beans instead of raw julienne vegetables which saves on time and is just as nutritious and delicious. You don’t even need chicken stock cubes or anything since the soy sauce and toasted sesame oil give the broth a little fat and umami for depth. Adding some soup base or stock cubes doesn’t hurt of course.

Also, you don’t have to refrigerate it! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten to throw my lunch in the fridge when I get into work. Here, the frozen veggies keep the jar cool until you’re ready to add hot water, so if you forget, no big deal.

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Now, time to get some use out of that red spigot dangling off your employer’s industrial coffee maker and make some co-workers jealous.


Fake-out Lunch Time ” Phở “

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp or more Sriracha
  • 1/2 cup frozen haricot vert (super skinny green beans)
  • ~ 2 oz. instant, super fine rice noodles like these
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, rough chopped
  • 3 or 4 mint leaves, finely sliced
  • One or two big pinches of kosher salt (to taste)
  • lime wedges to taste

Pack a large, wide mouthed Ball jar with all ingredients going in order from top to bottom. When you’re ready to eat, take out the limes, and simply fill the jar with boiling hot water and stir to combine.

Squeeze in as much fresh lime juice as you please.

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DSC_0135Lastly, some words on the beer pairing.

Since I’ve moved up to Portland, ME, I’ve slowly started exploring the rich and diverse beer scene. Right down the street from Allagash Brewing Co. is a fantastic brewery called Foundation Brewing Company. They are cranking out some absolutely stellar beers.

Epiphany, their double IPA clocks in at 8.0% ABV and is loaded with Cascade, Citra, Columbus, Ella, and Mosaic hops. They use some oats in the malt bill which adds a nice creamy body. This beer bursts with citrus, guava, mango and tropical hop flavor with very little bitterness. It is the perfect companion to a hot and spicy soup like this fake-out phở.

According to their website they are actually releasing cans of this goodness at 3 pm today (Thursday August 25th, 2016).

Good timing!
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I hope you enjoyed my take on this tasty, instant soup option and it’s delicious beer partner.

Feels good to be back you guys.

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