Vegetarian Pho

    40 mins

    This pho soup is very easy to make at home and it will fill your house with the wonderful aromas typical of a pho soup. Enjoy it!


    Washington, United States
    3 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • For the broth
    • 1 onion, peeled and halved
    • 1 large piece of ginger
    • 2 cups vegetable broth
    • 1 1/2 quarts water
    • 2 small leeks, well washed
    • 5 star anise
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 10 whole cloves
    • 1 tbs coriander seeds
    • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (or to taste)
    • 1/2 tablespoon of soy sauce (or to taste)
    • 2 tablespoons of salt (or to taste)
    • For assembling the soup
    • 1 package of banh pho (rice noodles)
    • 4 oz of canned straw or button mushrooms
    • 8 oz of fried tofu pieces
    • 1 tablespoon of canola oil
    • 4 oz of fresh shitake mushrooms, sauteed in oil
    • 1/4 cup of cilantro leaves, chopped
    • Fixings
    • bean sprouts
    • Thai basil
    • sliced onions
    • green or red pepper, sliced
    • lime wedges
    • hoisin sauce

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Make the broth:
    2. First, grill the onion and ginger on a a barbecue grill until charred. You can do this in the oven broiler as well.
    3. Once the onions and ginger are browned, place all broth ingredients, except soy sauce, salt and sugar, in a large pot and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook it over medium heat for about 45 minutes. Season with sugar, soy sauce and salt to taste. Strain the broth and return to pot. Keep warm.
    4. Make the noodles:
    5. Cook the noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes or until soft. Drain and rinse with cold water . Divide the noodles into 4 large soup bowls.
    6. Assemble the soup:
    7. Divide the tofu, canned mushrooms, shitake mushrooms and cilantro evenly among the 4 bowls. Ladle the hot soup over the noodles and mushrooms and top it with beans sprouts, Thai basil, onions and other toppings you might want. Enjoy it hot.

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    Thanks for the great vegan Pho recipe. i'll try sometime But I relize that if we’re not good at cooking, eating vegan everyday is such boring. But luckily, I’m in love with fiding new way to make vegan recipe. I found this new product called Happy Pho by this company called Star Anise Foods – it’s a tasty Vietnamese brown rice noodles soup that I’m literally addicted to as I can get a nutritious vegan meal together in 10 mins. Just with the ingredients like tofu and mushrooms. You can get them at or grocery stores in Northern California. Yum! ttp://  -  15 May 2010