Star Anise Foods
Those seeking a way to make authentic, nourishing, and tasty Pho soups at home should look no further than the San-Francisco-based Star Anise Foods. For close to a decade, the company has specialized in making high-quality noodle products for Pho soups and has even expanded its offering with additional products. Pho fanatics who want to supplement their soup can purchase SAF’s Vietnamese Brown and White Rice Spring Roll Wrappers from the Thrive Market - both are gluten-free, vegan and made using high-quality whole grain ingredients.
The History of Star Anise Foods
Star Anise co-founders and owners Karen Cheng and Thao Nguyen said that in their experiences consuming the soup both in the US and overseas, establishments have always served or sold those that are either too unhealthy, or healthy to the point they have poor or no taste.
As a result, both said they set out to provide consumers with a new choice of Pho that is free of MSG, excessive sodium or artificial flavorings, yet is also flavorful and satisfying to eat. Using Thao’s grandparents’ more than 80-year-old recipe, the two started experimenting in a hotel in Saigon in 2009 to create the perfect Pho noodle variation. Today, they offer a wide variety of products, even those that are not directly related to Pho meals.
Star Anise Foods Company Mission
While Star Anise Foods’ co-founders originally set out to create an alternative to the existing selection of Pho noodle soups offered around the world, its goals have since expanded. Today, the company’s mission strives to innovate classic Vietnamese dishes so that people around the world have access to quick, gluten-free options using all-natural ingredients that are also dairy-free, vegan and Non-GMO Project verified.
Benefits of Star Anise Foods
Whether it be a gluten allergy, a vegan diet or even a sensitivity to MSG, there are numerous factors that can prevent someone from enjoying classic Vietnamese dishes made in common styles. Due to the fact that all of its products and ingredients are completely all-natural, gluten-free and low sodium, Star Anise Foods offers a solution to any health-related food restrictions. SAF’s meals and products are also quick to prepare, at around 15 minutes. Traditionally, Vietnamese Pho noodles take up to 7 hours to make.
Top Star Anise Foods Products
Craving some Vietnamese? Check out the Star Anise Foods products available on Thrive Market:
Spring Roll Rice Wrapper (40-count)
As the only non-GMO Vietnamese spring roll wrappers sold in the world, these can be used to make appetizers or main courses by wrapping up desired vegetables, proteins or other ingredients. They are made using only water, salt, cassava, and rice.
Vietnamese Brown Rice Spring Roll Wrapper
These wrappers are the only ones made of brown rice sold on the market. Along with rice, cassava, water, and salt, the brown wrappers are also made using organic green tea.
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