Friday, September 10, 2010

pho challenge

Tonight, six of us from Sunfire went to eat pho along downtown Mountain View.

Pho Gardens offers a $22 bowl of pho, with two pounds of noodles and two pounds of meat. If you can eat it within one hour, you get a free meal, plus you can take the bowl home.

Sharam decided to do it. We made a side bet as well (see the cash on the table).

They brought out a large bowl that we thought was the challenge, but which turned out just to be the extra-large version of the regular meal.

This was the challenge:

Sharam ate for 15 minutes, and then gave up. The noodles actually absorbed the soup and expanded, so there was a larger mass of pho remaining when he gave up than when he started.

The restaurant said that Joey Chestnut (national hot dog eating champion) came by, and set the record for beating the pho challenge (14 minutes).

Sharam took the pho home in five take-out containers. We discovered that the bottom of the bowl is decorated with a cute piggy that says, "You did it!"


ArC said...

My goodness, you could bathe an infant in that bowl.

Jeremy said...

It's good to know people in the US attempt to eat an amount of food in one meal that could feed an entire family elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

Gluttony at its best! You and your friends should be ashamed of yourselves.

Niniane said...

I am not ashamed at all!

John said...

Why didn't you try the challenge?

Xianhang Zhang said...

What Niniane didn't tell you was that she ordered the extra small bowl of pho and, at the end, she had the same proportion eaten as Sharam.