Vegetarian Pho

Introduction: Vegetarian Pho

About: I get restless, so I make things.

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.

Step 1: Ingredients

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

- 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

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

Step 4: Prepare the Noodles

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

- 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.

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    5 years ago

    This took my interest, I must try! Aren't the veggies too raw if not pre-cooked? thank you for this ible, good photo's and well, yeah, I'll try this "bun"

    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.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    omgomgomgomg thank you sooo much for this recipe! needless to say ill be making this a lot!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Cool! Let me know what you think of the recipe when you make it!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Looks quite delicious,but i don't really think that it's "pho".It's more likely what's we Vietnamese call "bun".