June 14, 2021

Vegan Pho

Vegan Pho

This vegan pho does not only burst with flavor, but it’s also super easy to make! It’s ready in under 40 minutes and it’s the perfect comfort food for cold nights! Welcome to soup heaven and let’s get the slurping started!

two bowls of vegan pho on a marble counter top with limes and cinnamon sticks on the side

two bowls of vegan pho on a marble counter top with limes and cinnamon sticks on the side

This soup is one of my favorites. I love Asian soups in general, but this one is just packed with flavor. Soooo good!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Pho: It’s one of the national dishes of Vietnam. It’s a rice-noodle soup that is usually served in a big bowl. 

It usually consists of three components:

  • a strong broth
  • meat or vegetarian options
  • noodles (they’re made of rice flour instead of wheat)

a bowl of vegan pho with chop sticks, fresh herbs, and lime slices on a marble counter top

a bowl of vegan pho with chop sticks, fresh herbs, and lime slices on a marble counter top

Why This Recipe Works

Traditionally pho contains meat, but it’s super easy to make it without meat and it does still taste amazing! Usually it’s made with beef broth and it also contains thinly sliced strips of beef.

Luckily, it’s the spices that give pho its awesome taste, so it’s absolutely possible to enjoy a delicious vegan version. I decided to use sauteed shiitake mushrooms and bok choy instead of meat for my vegan pho, which work great.

Herbs and spices give this soup its extra kick. I used cinnamon, ginger, clove, star anise as well as basil, mint, and cilantro.

The broth of many traditional pho recipes is cooked for at least 24 hours. But let’s be honest, most days we just don’t have enough time for that. So I came up with a vegan pho recipe that is ready in less than 40 minutes.

The recipe is super healthy. No added flavor enhancer, sugar, or any other additives – only fresh ingredients. 

So if you’re looking for an easy plant-based recipe for pho that is packed with flavor, this is the right place for you! 

What Goes Into This Recipe:

The ingredient list might seem pretty long at first sight, but it’s a lot of spices and herbs.

ingredients that go into this recipe on a marble countertop with labels

ingredients that go into this recipe on a marble countertop with labels

  • Vegetable Broth – make sure to use a good quality vegetable broth.
  • Cinnamon – use whole cinnamon sticks.
  • Star Anise and Cloves – you will need all of these spices for the broth. They will give the soup its flavorful taste! Don’t leave out any of the spices. 

The Add-Ins and the Garnish:

ingredients that go into this recipe on a marble countertop with labels

ingredients that go into this recipe on a marble countertop with labels

How to Make This Recipe: 

Make the Broth:

a collage of four photos that show how to make this recipe

a collage of four photos that show how to make this recipe

1. Step: Cut the onions into quarters, the ginger into thin slices, and the garlic into larger pieces.

2. Step: Heat some oil in a large pot and sautée the onion and the garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the ginger, the cinnamon sticks, the star anise, and the cloves. Stir and cook on high heat until fragrant (about 30 seconds).

3. Step: Next, add the vegetable broth and simmer for 30 minutes.

Prepare the Add-Ins and the Noodles

In the meantime, you can prepare the add-ins and the rice noodles.

a collage of four photos that show how to make this recipe

a collage of four photos that show how to make this recipe

4. Step: Cut the shiitake mushrooms into thin slices.

5. Step: Heat some oil in a large pan and sautée the mushrooms for about 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

6. Step: Cook the rice noodles according to the instructions on the package and set aside as well.

7. Step:  Strain the vegetable broth and return the liquid back to the pot. Discard the onions, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise.

8. Step: Cut the bok choy into strips or use mini bok choys. Bring the vegetable broth back to a simmer and cook the bok choy for about 3 minutes in the broth.

9. Step: Then add the cooked rice noodles, and the shiitake mushrooms to the soup. Top it off with green onions, fresh mint, basil, and cilantro and serve it with lemon slices. Enjoy!

two bowls of vegan pho on a marble counter top with a blue napkin, lemon wedges, chop sticks, and cinnamon sticks on the side

two bowls of vegan pho on a marble counter top with a blue napkin, lemon wedges, chop sticks, and cinnamon sticks on the side

Recipe Notes:

  • Make sure to use a good quality vegetable broth. You could also use a homemade vegetable stock if you want.
  • I like to use mini bok choy. If you can’t find it at the store, you could also use regular bok choy and cut it into strips.
  • For additional protein, try adding tofu cubes.
  • Don’t leave out any of the spices as they’re essential for the flavor of the broth.
  • If you want a stronger flavor, you could cook the broth for more than 30 minutes.

Possible Variations

This vegan pho is also great with:

  • Tofu: I like to add crispy baked tofu with homemade tofu marinade or air fryer tofu. It adds some extra protein! 
  • More Veggies: You could also add bell peppers, edamame, snow peas, or broccoli. Bean sprouts are also a great garnish! 

FAQs:

How Long Does This Recipe Keep? 

I recommend storing the broth, the rice noodles, and the add-ins in separate containers. Otherwise the noodles will soak up all the broth. This way it will keep up to 3 days in the fridge. 

How Is Pho Pronounced? 

Some people pronounce pho with a long “o”. The most common mispronunciations are “poe” or “foe”.  Pho is pronounced more like “fuh”.

Is This Soup Gluten-Free? 

Yes, usually it’s gluten-free as pho noodles are made of rice flour instead of wheat. 

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a bowl of vegan pho with chop sticks, fresh herbs, and lime slices on a marble counter top

Vegan Pho

This vegan pho does not only burst with flavor, but it is also super easy to make! It is ready in under 40 minutes and it is the perfect comfort food for cold nights! Welcome to soup heaven and let’s get the slurping started!

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5 from 2 votes

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Course: Entrées, Soup

Cuisine: Vietnamese

Cook Time: 35 mins

Total Time: 40 mins

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 42kcal

Author: Sina

Ingredients

For the vegan pho broth:

Add-Ins and Toppings:

Instructions

  • Cut the onions into quarters, the ginger into thin slices, and the garlic into larger pieces.

  • Heat some oil in a large pot and sautée the onion and the garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the ginger, the cinnamon sticks, the star anise, and the cloves. Stir and cook on high heat until fragrant (about 30 seconds).

  • Next, add the vegetable broth and simmer for 30 minutes.

  • In the meantime, you can prepare the add-ins for the vegan pho and the rice noodles. Cut the shiitake mushrooms into thin slices. Heat some oil in a large pan and sautée the mushrooms for about 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

  • Cook the rice noodles according to the instructions on the package and set aside as well. 

  • Strain the vegetable broth and return the liquid back to the pot. Discard the onions, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise.

  • Cut the bok choy into strips or use mini bok choys. Bring the vegetable broth back to a simmer and cook the bok choy for about 3 minutes in the broth.

  • Then add the cooked rice noodles, and the shiitake to the soup. Top it off with fresh mint, basil, and cilantro and serve it with lemon slices. Enjoy!

Notes

 

  • Make sure to use a good quality vegetable broth. You could also use a homemade vegetable stock if you want.
  • I like to use mini bok choy for my vegan pho. If you can’t find it at the store, you could also use regular bok choy and cut it into strips.
  • For additional protein, try adding tofu cubes to your vegetarian pho.
  • Don’t leave out any of the spices as they’re essential for the flavor of the broth.
  • If you want a stronger flavor, you could even cook the pho broth for more than 30 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1913mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3220IU | Vitamin C: 23.3mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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