Pho King Food Challenge

Sooo.. Jesse’s coworkers and boss decided to do this food challenge at a Vietnamese restaurant in Atlanta called So Ba. It’s a challenge where you eat 3 large bowls of Pho in under 60 minutes, called Pho King. The entire meal includes 20 oz meat, 18 oz noodles, and 96 oz broth. I wasn’t going to participate, but part of me has always wanted to be a competitive food eater; I think the skill is so different and unique and weird. Sooo they were able to easily convince me to participate with them. I think I was the only one who took it seriously XD I actually read tips and skill sets. Plus, I love Pho and figured I could do it. I have no real “on” and “off” when it comes to hunger so that’s why I think I’d be good at competitive eating.

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Anywayss….. long story short. I didn’t succeed. BUT I did eat the most out of everyone in our group, ha. I never actually really got “full” really… I was super optimistic and ready to keep going. But at one point everything got tasteless, and maybe 1-2 minutes later, I took 2 big gulps of broth and something about it grossed me out so bad. And I had to run to the bathroom because I was sick.

I never got the full feeling until after that, once I had been sitting for 5-10 minutes and the noodles started swelling in my stomach. And it hurt so BAD. I hate the sensation of throwing up, so that wasn’t really an option. To make it worse, I was SO thristy from all the sodium, but I couldn’t physically fit any liquid in my stomach. I actually felt food drunk, and everything after that was a blur and I just remember laughing a lot.

Sooo… I will never compete again hahaha. My dreams were shot down so easily. Competitive food eating is hard. But at least we all got shirts that say “Pho King Failure” which is pretty awesome.

I was thinking about it the next day, and I am really proud of myself really. It may seem silly to others, but I am proud that I was able to eat that much, given my history with eating disorders. 2 years ago I never would’ve dreampt I could handle that without extreme guilt and anxiety. But that day, it didn’t even really phase me. And that’s kind of awesome. I didn’t dread weight gain or bloating. I didn’t worry at all. It was just a fun time and a unique experience. And I am so proud and thankful that I can experience stuff like this without the guilt I once had. It’s so great.

I vlogged my entire day if you want to watch :) I’m having fun making youtube videos. There’s all I ate that day, a back workout, and the rest of my day.

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  1. CassieNo Gravatar says:

    Ah, you had pho noodles, a Vietnamese staple! As a Vietnamese, I approve! :) Maybe if you have a smaller single-serving bowl, you’ll enjoy it more!

    • KimNo Gravatar says:

      Oh yeah I definitely enjoy Pho :) There’s a lot of Pho around my town so I love it. It was so good when it first came out and I was so hungry XD but then all the flavor just got gross once I got full.

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