Easy Vegan Pho

Good afternoon everyone,

Pho.  Yummy, yummy, Vietnamese noodle soup.  So delicious, so flexible and so easy.  Pho was a favourite of our eldest daughter growing up but I haven’t made it in a few years.  I like the spicy flavour of this broth – which makes the house smell wonderful!

Our son has never had pho before and he’s not a soup eater, so he was my benchmark.  If he liked it and wanted to eat it again, I would know I’ve done something right.  Thankfully, he really enjoyed the dish, especially with the addition of the crispy tofu.

Easy Vegan Pho

Pho Broth

2 small cinnamon sticks
3 – 4 whole cloves
2 whole star anise
4 – 5 black peppercorns
1 large onion, peeled and chopped into long slices
2 – 3 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin slices
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
8 cups light vegetable stock
2 tablespoons soy sauce
6 ounces pho noodles (rice noodles)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups oyster mushrooms, sliced (or cremini, shiitake or wild)
2 – 3 baby bok choy, cleaned and sliced into quarters lengthwise

To Complete the Soup

Bean sprouts
Sprigs of Thai basil
Sprigs of mint
Thinly sliced green onion
Chili peppers
Lime wedges

You Can Also Add

Crispy Tofu

In a dry pan, toast the cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise and peppercorns until they are fragrant.  Add these to a large pot with the onion, ginger, garlic, vegetable stock and soy sauce.  Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low.  Allow the stock to simmer for 30 minutes.  Strain the ingredients out of the broth with a small strainer.
Prepare your pho noodles according to the directions on the package.  Set these aside.
Warm the oil in a pan over medium-high heat.  Add the mushrooms and bok choy and saute for 4 – 5 minutes until tender and the mushrooms are browned.
Ladle the stock into bowls.  Add the noodles, mushrooms and bok choy to each bowl.  Add the crispy tofu (if using).
Serve the basil, mint, bean sprouts, green onion, chilies and lime wedges on the side, allowing each person to add their own garnishes to their bowls.
Serves 3 to 4
Enjoy!
Peace and love,
Himmat
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