Vifon Hủ tiếu nam vang (“Phnom Penh” Style Rice Noodle)

I like a lot of Vifon’s products — I’ve enjoyed their porridge, and I remember this one being a pleasingly garlicky soup, so when it showed up on a shopping trip for less than $1 per bowl, I snapped it up.

Subjective snapshot

Quality: 3.5/5 stars
Spiciness: 0/5 chilis

Review

It’s not quite as garlicky as I remember, and they’ve added little globules of TVP which don’t actually do much for the soup, but this one’s quite recommendable it. The rice noodles cook up wonderfully, and are much tastier than the more traditional noodle-cup freeze-dried muck. Even thoguh it’s weaker than I remember, the broth is still assertive and rich. My only real complaint would be that this soup tends towards the thin side: I make it with less water for a richer flavor and for a less empty-looking bowl: the TVP bits don’t really bulk the soup up in any real way.

Summary details

Brand: Vifon
Product Name: Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang
Origin: Vietnam
Purchase details: $11.50 for 12 at Oriental Market on March 5, 2012
Nutritional information:

  • Weight: 70g
  • Calories: 244, 32 from fat
  • Fat: 3.5g total, 1 saturated, 0 trans
  • Cholesterol: 6mg
  • Sodium: 1968mg
  • Carbohydrates: 51g total, 0g dietary fiber, 3g sugars
  • Protein: 2g
  • Vitamins: 0% DV Vitamin A, 0% DV Vitamin C, 0% DV Calcium, 0% DV Iron
  • Ingredients: Rice noodle (79.8%): rice starch, sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate (E621), guar gum (E412). Soup base (11.7%): salt, sugar, monosodium glutamate (E621), disodium 5′-guanylate (E627), disodium 5′-inosinate (E631), maltodextrin, artificial pork flavor, garlic, pepper. Oil pack (5.3%): refined palm oil, shallot, garlic, mixed tocopherols concentrate (E306). Dried vegetable (1.1%): textured soya protein, leek, celery. Fried shallot, garlic pack (2.1%): fried shallot, refined palm oil, fried garlic.

Photographs

[A Vifon soup, unopened]

[A Vifon soup bowl contents: rice noodles, a fork, and a bag containing packages of soup base, vegetables, dried garlic, and oil]

[A Vifon soup fully prepared]

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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