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Why Are Pho Serving Sizes So Large?

I've been to several pho places, and every time they bring me a gargantuan amount of pho. I'm seriously talking about easily, EASILY 4 servings-worth of pho. Is this normal? What's with the huge portions? I always feel guilty leaving so much behind, but I can't always take it with me, and it just doesn't taste as good reheated anyway.

Is it wrong to ask for a small, lunch-sized serving of pho?!

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  1. I don't think they are large.

    Sometimes I wish they were larger.

    1. We have ONE thing left in the world untouched by the Portion Control Police.

      PHO.

      Can we please leave it alone?

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        1. re: Cheese Boy

          Portion Control Police? I have no idea what you're talking about - if anything, portions are getting bigger to accommodate our ever-expanding American asses. Can you give me an example of something that used to be a big portion that has recently been made smaller?

          1. re: kgrote

            The one that quickly comes to mind is candy bars (smaller, but same price), pasta...used to be a full 16 oz in a box, coffee..smaller bags....but I think the reference is to Mayor Bloomburg (sp?) oulawing oversize sugary drinks in NYC.

            1. re: njmarshall55

              I think the candy bar and pasta examples are about inflation, not portion control. Keep the price the same, decrease the amount of food in the package = higher priced food.

        2. Cheap, huge, and delicious -- that's the beauty of Pho!

          I have been to a few places that offer a small or large size bowl, but even then the "small" is huge.

          1. When you take away the broth, does it still seem like 4 servings' worth of food? ^-

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            1. re: inaplasticcup

              It does if you include rice noodles. If you don't, probably not.

            2. It is normal to not to be able to finish the broth. If you're leaving pieces of meat behind, you're either doing it wrong or you should be ordering a different dish with less meat.