Vegetarian Pho

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When our favorite Pho restaurant was shut down because a Lowe's was moving in (gggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr), I couldn't find a vegetarian version of the soup anywhere. This is a combination of recipes I found online. It's pho-king delicious!

Definition of Pho from Wikipedia: "Pho (Vietnamese pronunciation: [fuh]) is a Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served with beef (pho bo) or chicken (pho ga).[1] The soup includes noodles made from rice and is often served with basil, lime, bean sprouts, and peppers that are added to the soup by the consumer."

This recipe takes less than an hour and will make four large bowls of pho.
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Step 1: Ingredients

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60 Oz Vegetarian Broth
8 star anise
1-2 sticks cinnamon
8 cloves
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, sliced
8 cloves of garlic, quartered
1-2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 onions, quartered
3 shallots, halved
6 cups water

Veggies (just some suggestions)
bok choy

1 package thin rice noodles

Pho Fixins
fried tofu
bean sprouts
Sriacha hot chili sauce

Step 2: Make the Broth

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- Heat a large pot over medium high heat.
- Add the garlic, onions, star anise, cloves, ginger to to pot. Stir over heat until it begins to brown.
- Add the broth, water and soy sauce.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Strain the broth into a new pot, reheat.

Step 3: Prepare the Fixins

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- Wash the cilantro, basil, bean sprouts and mint.
- Slice the jalapeno.
- Quarter the lime.
- Arrange everything on a plate.

Step 4: Prepare the Noodles

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Prepare the noodles as described on the package. The one I used were immersed in boiling water for 10-15 seconds, then rinsed.

Step 5: Finish It

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- Add about a cup of noodles to the bottom of each bowl.
- Pour hot broth over the noodles.
- Add vegetables (carrots, broccoli, etc), allow to sit for a few minutes.
- Add tofu.
- Serve with chopsticks, a spoon, Sriacha hot chili sauce and the plate of fixins.
- Everyone should add the fixins to their soup as desired, remove the jalapenos when it starts getting too spicy.

This looks soooooooo good. You have a new follower :-)
Wow, made this tonight and blew the family away.
I`m a lifelong vegie and a new recipe such as this is a treasure.
I added some leeks to the veggie list and a few pepper flakes to the broth.
wizgirl (author)  garethllewelyn4 years ago
BestThing4 years ago
Love pho! Thanks!
isuppose4 years ago
omgomgomgomg thank you sooo much for this recipe! needless to say ill be making this a lot!
wizgirl (author)  isuppose4 years ago
Cool! Let me know what you think of the recipe when you make it!
tamara14 years ago
Thank you - Good Ingredients
fraz26304 years ago
Yummy! An awesome approach to a vegetarian version of pho! Might I suggest adding thinly sliced scallions (green onions) and shallots..... It could round out the flavors a bit. Nice job btw.
wizgirl (author)  fraz26304 years ago
Good suggestion, thanks!
tonyduyanh4 years ago
Looks quite delicious,but i don't really think that it's "pho".It's more likely what's we Vietnamese call "bun".
wizgirl (author)  tonyduyanh4 years ago
Thank you for the correction :)
Dr. Pepper4 years ago
Looks great!
wizgirl (author)  Dr. Pepper4 years ago