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Fresh, lean & fit

By Terri Hefner
April 8, 2013

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More and more of us are getting into some kind of a fitness routine these days striving to get in shape and stay that way. And that’s a good thing. But while exercise is vital to
your health and longevity, it’s equally important to watch what you put into your body in order to get – and stay – lean and fit.

Here’s one fresh idea: Dig into the crisp, crunchy, spicy, refreshingly unique salad that hails from Thailand.

At Pho My Lien, a Vietnamese restaurant located in Westridge Shopping Center in Aiea, Green Papaya Salad ($7.50) is one good-foryou dishful of flavor, as the eatery brings in fresh vegetables daily – no limp, old veggies here. The salad offers an irresistible combination of shredded green papaya, fresh carrots and lettuce, and is laced with red chilies and fresh mint leaves and topped with a crunchy peanut dressing.

The slightly tart papaya and sweet carrots along with the spicy chili perfectly complement each other, and although it’s typically served with shrimp, the substitution of tofu doesn’t interfere with the balance of flavors and textures – in fact, it adds another pleasant layer of texture to the dish.

Low in calories and high in flavor, Green Papaya Salad fits in deliciously with your fitness goals, and the generous portion will fill you up without weighing you down. And with Pho My Lien’s friendly service and affordable prices, you’ll be heading to Aiea to savor it again and again.

Pho My Lien

98-150 Kaonohi St. Aiea
488-4900
Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.