Vegetarian Pho

  • Preparation time:
  • 5 min
  • Plus time:
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes
  • Makes:
  • 4 Adult Servings
Vegetarian Pho

( 48 ratings )

Vegetarian Pho

In this vegetarian pho recipe, individual bowls of fragrant vegetable broth and rice noodles are easily customized to suit both kid and adult tastes.

Ingredients

  • 2 L sodium-free vegetable broth
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 1 3-in. cinnamon stick
  • 1 1-in. piece ginger , cut into thin coins
  • 4 whole garlic cloves
  • 4 bunches cilantro stalks , (keel leaves for garnish), ideally with roots
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce , or, if vegetarian, 1 tbsp soy sauce + 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 pkg 1/16-in.-wide rice sticks , (225 g)

Garnishes

  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 2 green onions , thinly sliced
  • 1 cup diced medium-firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves , (ideally Thai basil)
  • 1 lime , quartered
  • sriracha
  • hoisin sauce

Directions

  • Combine broth, star anise, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, cilantro stalks, fish sauce and sugar in a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 min or until broth is fragrant. Strain and discard all flavourings.
  • Bring a separate pot of water to a boil to cook the noodles in. Add noodles and boil for 3 to 4 min more, or until soft but still chewy. Strain.
  • Serve noodles, broth and garnishes separately and let everyone make their own bowl of soup the way they like it.

Originally published in Today’s Parent magazine.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 371
  • Protein
  • 48 g
  • Carbohydrates
  • 69 g
  • Fat
  • 6 g
  • Fibre
  • 5 g
  • Sodium
  • 854 mg
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