Rich and fragrant, our take on a Vegetarian Pho Noodle Dish uses simple ingredients like mushrooms, carrots, bok choy and a a flavourful broth, and while it's not an authentic pho, with very few steps to making your own version of this Vietnamese soup at home.
There's nothing more satisfying than a hot bowl of Vietnamese phở on a cold winter's day and when we need a culinary pick-us-up, you can always find us in Kensington Market in Toronto at our favourite phở spot.
Someone once told us that the secret to really good phở is in the broth. Garnishes like noddles, onions, herbs, and sprouts help weave texture through the depth of broth and help bring together the comfort and pleasure found in this dish. But what better way to enjoy phở than in the cozies of your own home (or pj's if you prefer)?
Rich and fragrant, our take on a Vegetarian Pho Noodle Dish uses simple ingredients and few steps to making your own Vietnamese soup at home. We've shared the steps for our go-to vegetarian pho recipe for those days we don't want to leave our house, but still want to dive into this rich and flavourful soup.
1. The Magic is in the Pho Broth
Like any good soup, the magic lies in the base of the broth. We make our own vegetable stock using carrots, onions and celery but take it to next phở level by adding cinnamon and star anise. If you prefer not to make your own stock, simply use a low sodium vegetable broth and boil it with cloves, cinnamon, ginger and star anise. In no time your home will start to smell like a quaint little Vietnamese restaurant.
2. Gather Your Garnishes
For us, the perfect bowl of phở has a variety of greens, vegetables, spice, herbs and mushrooms to replace the traditional meat in this soup. Once your broth has boiled, add in the mushrooms and greens and cover until the greens turn dark in colour. The remaining vegetables will be added to the bowl directly.
3. Layer, Layer, Layer
Using tongs, grab a handful of cooked noddles and swirl them into a deep bowl. Then artfully place your greens, vegetables and bean spouts in the bowl. Top with broth and add a few basil leaves, chilli peppers and mushrooms. Pour remaining broth to finish the bowl and add the star anise. Serve hot and enjoy!