Pho – Leeds Trinity

I was kindly invited by Pho in Leeds Trinity to try their menu, in particular the healthy options. I’m on a never ending mission to be more healthy/diet so this was obviously right up my street.

I’ve eaten at Pho before but never realised how low calorie some of the dishes are until I clocked the nutritional info on their website (here). I’d sort of hoped it was healthy (it feels it) but wasn’t sure if I was kidding myself (I wasn’t). If you’ve not been to Trinity Kitchen (the food court for Trinity) you should definitely pop in. There’s a selection of permanent food traders (Pho is one) along with a regular rotation of smaller traders. Pho’s one of the first you see when you walk in, big open kitchen with canteen style seating. You order from the counter and get given a buzzy, vibrating thing (below) which goes off when your order is ready.

We started off with a couple of juices, sadly they were out of Green Juice (ultimate feel good health drink) so I opted for the Apple, Mint & Lime Juice (£2.95) and P went for the Homemade Lemonade (£2.90). Both were delicious, really refreshing and zesty.
Instead of starters you have ‘sides & snacks’ as everything comes out at the same time. The manager had talked us through the menu and explained which were the more healthy options which I decided on, P pushed the boat out a bit more. I had the Gỏi Cuốn: Veggie Summer Rolls (£3.95) which were thin rice paper rolls stuffed with shredded veg & vermicelli which came in at a measly 99 calories! They came with 2 dips, a nice chilli, fish sauce & vinegar dipping sauce and a naughtier satay sauce. P went for the Nem Nướng: Pork & Lemongrass Meatballs (£4.95) which he loved so much I was only allowed to try a corner of one of them. They were fantastic though, meaty and flavourful, I definitely had a touch of food envy, though not calorie envy. They’re at the less healthy end of the menu at 323 calories.53For mains I stuck with the healthy options and went for the Gỏi Xoài: Spicy Green Mango Salad Topped with Pork, Dried Shrimp & Peanuts (£4.95) which was probably my favourite thing I’ve had from Pho. The salad tastes unbelievable, so full of zingy fresh flavours and I can only assume it’s very authentic (never been to Vietnam but does the job for me!) Considering the size of the portion I was pretty surprised to see it was only 175 calories. P went for the recommended Chicken Bún (£5.75) which was a bowl full of vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts, chicken with lots of fresh herbs and broth. He said it was really fresh tasting, especially the sauce and was impressed with the big portion, at 424 calories it’s still the healthy end of the scale seeing as it’s definitely very filling.24So really, a very healthy trip to Pho which is great because it means that you don’t have to sacrifice breaking your diet to go out for a meal. Though there is the danger you might end up being so proud of your healthy meal you treat yourself to a Peanut Butter Milkshake and Pick n Mix as a well done…no naming names of course.

This meal was complimentary, views are my own though.

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