Revitalizing, hearty, and capable of hundreds of different variations, it’s easy to see why Vietnam's famous noodle dish endears the masses. Many Vietnamese restaurants offer a vegetarian pho but it is often offered only in one gigantic size and can be pricey compared to their meaty counterparts. Homemade pho does need a commitment of time but the flavor and ease of the dish will prove to be worthwhile. A big batch of the broth can be made and refrigerated for up to a week or frozen for up to a month. Cook the noodles and prepare the garnishes only when ready to serve.
Updated: Mon, 02/20/2017 - 1:30pm
- 1-2 large yellow onions, peeled and halved
- 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
- 4" piece fresh ginger, peeled as much as possible and halved
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
- 2-3 star anise
- 2-3 whole cloves
- 1-2 teaspoons coriander seeds
- 4 cups mushroom stock or low sodium vegetable stock
- 2 cups water
- 5" piece dried kombu or wakame seaweed
- 2-4 dried shiitake mushrooms
- ¼ cup Vegan Fish Sauce, vegetarian stir fry sauce, mushroom soy sauce or soy sauce
- 4-5 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 6-9 ounces rice noodles, somen noodles, udon noodles or thin pasta noodles
- Sliced baked or fried tofu
- Sliced fresh mushrooms
- Thinly sliced onions and/or green onions
- Sliced chili pepper
- Lemon or lime wedges
- Mung bean sprouts
- Fresh Thai basil leaves and/or cilantro leaves
- Chopped bok choy, napa cabbage and/or broccoli
- Vegetarian hoisin sauce and/or Sriracha®
To prepare the Broth, heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves and coriander. Saute until the vegetables begin to char - about 5-7 minutes.
Stir in the reminaing Broth ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn the heat down to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 25 minutes.(Alternatively you can add the broth to a slow cooker and cook on low for 8-12 hours.)
Strain borth into a clean pot and discard the solids. Taste the broth and add salt if necessary. Keep warm over low heat.
Cook noodles according to package directions and drain. Divide noodles into 4-5 serving bowls.
Pour warm broth over the noodles in each bowl.
Set a large platter or several plates with desired toppings. This will let everyone customize their bowl. Serve and enjoy!