Simple Aromatic Vegan Pho
Simple Aromatic Vegan Pho

An incredibly simple, aromatic and healthy traditional Vietnamese broth that is all about its seasonings and garnishes. This aromatic vegan pho is the perfect year round dish that is easily customisable to all tastes and preferences. This recipe is vegan but for all of the omnivores out there, it is simple to add chicken, pork or beef at the end and cater for both vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike.

Serves 4

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Simple Aromatic Vegan Pho

  • 2 litres of vegetable stock
  • 2 medium brown onions, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 5 cm piece of fresh ginger, sliced finely
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 teaspoons of coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp. of tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of sesame oil

In a medium  pot over low heat add all of the above ingredients  and simmer for 30 minutes, until the broth is aromatic and well infused. Once the broth is ready you can strain through a sieve and put the collected broth aside until ready to serve.

Seasonings & Garnishes

  • 250 grams of vietnamese rice noodles, cooked as per instructions on the packet
  • 250 grams of tofu, cubed
  • 4 Bok choy, halved
  • 1 bunch of enoki mushrooms or any other type of mushroom you like
  • Fresh bean sprouts
  • A bunch of baby asparagus
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • Fresh chill, red or green, finely sliced
  • A handful of Vietnamese basil
  • A few sprigs of fresh coriander
  • A fresh limes, sliced into wedges
  • 4 fresh shallots or scallions, finely sliced

In a soup bowl, arrange a portion of rice noodles, some tofu, a bok choy, 5 stems of asparagus and some mushrooms and ladle some hot broth on top (the hot broth will cook the raw delicate ingredients slightly. I prefer baby Asian vegetables on the fresher, crispier side. But if you prefer your vegetable cook more, don’t hesitate to steam slightly before serving with your soup). When I serve my pho, I put all of the other garnishes on a plate in the centre of the table and guest can be free to personalise their pho as they like.

Other suggested garnishes: Julienned carrot, broccoli, edamame beans, hot chili sauce, extra soy sauce. Other protein options are shredded chicken, pork or beef. But really feel free to get creative and use the vegetables that you love. Its quite a versatile broth.

Bon appétit x